Diversity in Arable Farming: Trees, grass leys and livestock

9th Apr 2019

The Allerton Project, Loddington, Leicestershire, LE7 9XE

We would be pleased if you could join us for this event investigating the benefits and barriers to diversity in arable farming. Run in collaboration with The Woodland Trust and The Allerton Project.

Date: Tuesday 9th April

Time: 09.30 – 14.00 

Location: The Allerton Project, Loddington, Leicestershire, LE7 9XE

Increasing diversity on arable farms through measures such as grass leys, livestock, trees and agroforestry can bring many benefits across the farm business and wider landscape. Farmers are trialling and investigating the benefits that diversity can offer to soil health, water management, crop health and productivity as well as to wildlife. As part of an Integrated Farm Management approach, more diverse farmscapes can bring benefits to the environment, offer enhanced public good as well as lead to more resilient businesses.

During this event, we will hear from farmers and researchers who are using, monitoring, investigating and trialling these different approaches. We will also see some of the agroforestry and grass ley trials ongoing at LEAF Innovation Centre, the Allerton Project.

Through, talks, demonstration and discussion we will cover areas including: the role of grass leys in promoting soil health and biodiversity; the impact of this on the following crop; the wider benefits through the inclusion of livestock and the potential pitfalls and barriers. We will explore the role of agroforestry on arable and mixed farms, how the effects of trees can be optimised on farm and where Integrated Farm Management can facilitate in bringing these efforts together. Crucially, we will examine how these efforts can be monitored, tailored and optimised on individual farms.

We are pleased to bring you this event in partnership with the Woodland Trust and the Allerton Project, Speakers include: Phil Jarvis (The Allerton Project), Dr Jo Smith (Organic Research Centre), Jeremy Durrant (EW Davies, LEAF Demonstration Farmer), Stephen Briggs (Whitehall Farm)

We would be pleased if you could join us for this event investigating the benefits and barriers to diversity in arable farming. It takes place on Tuesday 9th April at The Allerton Project, Loddington, Leicestershire, LE7 9XE. 

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Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis