Farming Tomorrow - Prospects for farming in the AONB
Venue: Black Barn at Rushall Manor, Back Lane, Bradfield, RG7 6DS
Starts at 8.45am for registration and coffee; programme commences at 9.45am
The programme also includes a Q&A session and plenty of opportunities to meet new people or catch up with your farming and conservation contacts from across the AONB.
Rushall Farm Information:
The farm is in the Pang Valley part of the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It occupies land stretching north from the River Pang between Bradfield and Stanford Dingley. Since 1980's the farm has been striving to achieve a balance between food production, environment and education. Rushall farm has been a forerunner for the delivery of societal goods and services that is predicted to be the basis of a post BREXIT Agricultural Support Scheme. Payment by outcomes such as enhancing the natural environment by resource protection air, soil and water quality: planting woodland, providing new habitats for wildlife, increasing biodiversity, contributing and returning cultivated land to wildflower meadows or other more natural states.
Rushall Farm is a mixed organic beef, sheep and arable farm comprising of 175 ha plus 40 ha of woodland. Steve and Elizabeth Waters farm the land in a “share farming agreement” with the owner W Cumber & Son (Theale) Ltd. William Cumber owns the land and buildings whilst the Waters owns the livestock and machinery.
Currently, the farm is in an-10-year Environmental Stewardship Agreement Organic Entry Level Plus Higher-Level Stewardship, which started in October 2011 and includes:
For over 30 years Rushall Manor site has provided the educational base for the John Simonds Trust (JST). An educational trust that sees 14-15,000 pupils a year from all ages Reception to University. Attracting schools from within the AONB and severely disadvantaged inner city areas and catering for children special educational needs and disabilities. They come to learn about food farming, habitats, river studies and to gain a greater understanding and appreciation of the countryside.