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Workshops

Forthcoming events will be posted below: for more information, please contact the Project Manager.
 

Upcoming Events

5th June 2019- Managing Grassland for Horses 

A FREE equine-based event as part of a series of special events for horse, pony, alpaca and donkey owners. The guest speaker (Susie Holmes)- a soil expert and horse owner herself will cover how to: manage horse pastures effectively, manage manures to maximise their use and comply with legislation, prevent run-off to limit impacts affecting drinking water quality and the environment and discuss horse welfare issues, in relation to paddock/grazing management. There will be plenty of time for you to ask questions, as well as share your own experiences. This will be an evening event to be held at the Holt, Upham and will include a light buffet. To book a place contact  Aldous.Rees@naturalengland.org.uk (07584385146) or James.Farr@naturalengland.org.uk (07825124078) of Catchment Sensitive Farming. 

Past Events
Events in 2019

21st February 2019 – Improving your soil organic matter

An interactive workshop held at Alresford, Hampshire on building organic matter for soil health and fertility, organised by Catchment Sensitive Farming and Innovation for Agriculture. Guest speakers covered basics of soils and improving soil organic matter, including cultivations, soil biology, physics and chemistry, organic matter impact on loss of nutrients and soil, and weed control.

 

8th February 2019 – Soils Alive! Understanding the biological engine of the earth

A workshop which featured presentations from two soil biology experts, Professor Karl Ritz (University of Nottingham) and Dr David Jones (Natural History Museum), who provided an introduction to soil biology and soil health, including earthworms and how they improve soils, to help inform your decisions around soil management and so get the most out of your soils. There was also an opportunity to get expert feedback on your own soil in an interactive session. 

Events in 2018
13th December - Cost effective nutrient management

A breakfast meeting for farmers from Chichester organised in partnership with Catchment Sensitive Farming and the Environment Agency. An leading Resource Management Scientist from the AHDB (Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board) explained the environmental and financial benefits to farmers of reducing their use of nutrients. 

Events in 2017

14th March – Soil Productivity: the nitty gritty

This was a breakfast event, held at the Hampshire Hog in Clanfield, that looks in-depth into the complex science of soil biology and the various forms of inputs (e.g. green ‘wastes’ or digestate) that help soil fauna and flora promote increased productivity and sustainability. Two experts in their fields will cover the facts, figures, practicalities and economics of enhanced soil management as well as hosting questions and discussion throughout the morning. Both BASIS and NoRoSO points have been applied for.

Events in 2016

23rd November - Water on Your Farm - the journey from field to faucet

This was a CFE led event that showed the link between land management and water for drinking and the environment. It illustrated how diffuse pollution could be reduced by better management, the options available from Downs & Harbours & CSF that help mitigate issues, the research that Portsmouth Water/Downs & Harbours have been doing to better identify risk areas, and included a fascinating tour of Portsmouth Water's River Itchen treatment works that explained the treatment process in detail.

20th October 2016 - Woodland for Agriculture - the roots of good land management?

*Postponed - until 2017

This is a free breakfast meeting, run in conjunction with the Woodland Trust, principally for farmers, agronomists and others connected to farming. It will look at how trees, forestry and hedges can play an integral part of catchment management, bring benefits in terms of resource (soil and nutrient) protection, financial gain, and help to protect water quality for both drinking and the environment. 

Events in 2015

28th September 2015 - Managing Grassland for Horses 4

This followed a similar format to previous equine workshops (see below) but included a practical (outdoor) demonstration of typical issues often found in horse paddocks, particularly compaction, poaching, overgrazing and poor sward quality.

 

23rd September 2015 - Soil Management & Tillage Techniques Talk &

Demonstration 2
This event was similar to the previous tillage event listed below, but was hosted at a different location: presentations were at The Walnut Tree, Vinnetrow Road, and were followed by a demonstration at Sefter Farm. The Downs & Harbours programme is most grateful to Barfoots for hosting the latter and to Earthcare Technical and Wright Solutions for their expert talks and demonstrations. It again looked at the fundamentals of soil management, followed by different tillage techniques and their effects on soil structure and function. Aspects of cover-cropping will be also discussed.

 

29th January 2015 - Precision Farming & Nitrogen Management
This was held at the Hampshire Hog, Clanfield, and looked at how Precision Farming works, the cost:benefits - including variation and inaccuracy, and the latest research for improving nitrogen management. BASIS and NRoSO were available. 

 

Events in 2014

8th October - Managing Grassland for Horses 3
This was a re-run of previous equine-based events but included a much more detailed look at the different effects on soils as a result of good or poor management, i.e. soil structure, compaction, sward quality (including species diversity) and diffuse pollution issues as a result of e.g. run-off and poor waste management.

 

Events in 2013

24th October 2013 Pesticide Handling - best practice
Run by Arun & Western Rother Catchment Sensitive Farming, this event was also open to farmers in the Downs & Harbours region. 

10th October 2013 - Soil Management & Tillage Techniques Talk & Demonstration
Run in conjunction with the Arun and Western Rother Catchment Sensitive Farming region, this workshop was held at The Barley Mow (pub), Walderton, and the demonstration held at Locksash Farm. The day covered the fundamentals of soil management and the pros and cons of minimum and other tillage techniques. The event generated a lot of interest and was fully booked. A repeat event is being planned for the future - possibly in the spring of 2014. BASIS points were available.

 

Events in 2012

November 2012 – Precision Farming - Does it Pay?
Run in conjunction with the Arun and Western Rother Catchment Sensitive Farming region, this workshop was held at The Goodwood Hotel and predominantly hosted by Ian Beecher-Jones. It took a balanced look at using precision farming techniques and included the principles behind the approach, new technology and the gains and costs. There was a second presentation from SOYL that covered more practical aspects of the technology involved. Places were limited to 15 participants, i.e., 7 or 8 from the Downs & Harbours area and therefore were mostly aimed at farmers and agronomists who were interested in the technology but had not (yet) adopted it.

September 2012 – Managing Grassland for Horses 2
This was a re-run of the workshop held in March earlier this year at the same venue (see details below) for those that were unable to attend the first one. More emphasis was placed on manure management compared to the first workshop. It was open to both farmers and non-farmers.

July 2012 – Land management, water quality and the environment
This covered surface water, groundwater, marine/harbour water quality and drinking water and the effects of diffuse pollution on them, including to flora, fauna and drinking water quality. The various services derived from the Downs & Harbours programme were illustrated to show how diffuse pollutant impacts could be reduced, as well as the comprehensive processes behind treating water ready for human consumption. A harbour walk illustrated the impacts of high nutrient loading in local harbour environments.

March 2012 – Managing Grassland for Horses
The event took place at Clanfield at the Hampshire Hog and covered how to: manage horse pastures effectively, manage manures to maximise their use and comply with legislation, prevent run-off to limit impacts affecting drinking water quality and the environment and it also looked at horse welfare issues, such as obesity and laminitis.

February 2012 – Soil Management: Organic Matter and Alternative Nutrient Sources
Held at Growtrain, Oving, it looked at the importance of organic matter and non-bagged nutrients and their sources, including green wastes, digestates and biosolids and the benefits that they bring, including cost-effective nutrient supply, nutrient and water retention and improved soil structure. A site visit was made to the Woodhorn Group to learn about the manufacture of and different grades of composts.

January 2012 – Pesticide Handling and Biobeds
Held at The Royal Oak public house, followed by a biobed visit at Langmead Farms, Chichester (with their kind permission). Covered identifying pollution sources and drainage pathways, what biobeds are and how they work, biobed construction and costs, EA permissions and regulation and included visiting a working biobed system. This was a BASIS and NRoSo registered event and was open to sprayer operators as well as farmers / land managers.

 

Events in 2011

December 2011 – Soil management workshop and walk
Held at StanstedPark, RowlandsCastle. Looked at how soil works, the importance of organic matter and soil biology, the assessment of soil structure, improving crop yields and how to protect and enhance the environment and drinking water supplies. This was a BASIS registered event. Lunch was provided.

March 2011 - Your Drinking Water and You
This event was held for local farmers to learn about where their local drinking water comes from, how it's treated and the impact that land manage can have on the quality of this water. Mel Holloway from ADAS gave some practical advice on nutrient management planning and introducing the Tried & Tested (Paper based) and PLANET (Computer based) systems.

 
Events in 2010

March 2010 - Environment Agency: Common Ground Workshop

August 2010 - Meon Valley Partnership: Managing Grassland for Horses

November 2010 - Managing Grassland for Horses 
The above Equine workshops attracted good attendance from people who own or keep horses and who were keen to learn about managing grassland cover - particularly in very dry conditions - without the use of bagged fertiliser. Positive feedback demonstrated that a lot was learnt from Frances Clayton's expertise in this area and a repeat event is being planned for the future.
 

Events in 2009

March 2009 - Environment Agency: Common Ground Workshop
This event was an opportunity to build links with local land advisors and farming interest groups. The intention was to create an annual event where big issues in the agricultural industry could be discussed and ways forward sought together.

Summer 2009 - Portsmouth Water: Pesticide and Drinking Water Quality Workshop
This event was organised by Crop Management Partners and was intended to raise the awareness of the effect that pesticides can have on the public drinking water supply and the subsequent expense of removing them. It included a walk around the Portsmouth Water drinking water treatment plant, which proved useful in significantly raising awareness and providing lively discussion.

November 2009 - Southwick Estate: Workshop For Farms on the Southwick Estate, Hampshire

Autumn 2009 - Nitrate Vulnerable Zone Workshops, Havant, Hampshire
These were part of a series of events held around the South East to coincide with the introduction of new Nitrate Vulnerable Zones. It was an opportunity for farmers to come along with their 'NVZ packs' and run through the calculations they would now be required to carry out under the NVZ Regulations.

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