Wild flower and Biodiversity Training events July 2010
2010 is the international year of Biodiversity. To find out how you can promote wild flower biodiversity in practical ways come to one of the training events Emorsgate are running this summer.
Whether you are creating or enhancing plant habits as a landscaper a farmer or a gardener our courses will be of relevance to you.
These events have been organised as part of the flora locale training programme which aims to deliver training appropriate to professional as well as private individuals in habitat creation, restoration and management.
For more information on flora locale events and book a place click here
Using wild seeds to enhance biodiversity
Tuesday 6 July
Kings Lynn, Norfolk
Facilitator: Richard Brown, Emorsgate Seeds
This day will review the practical use of wild seeds for landscaping and biodiversity projects.
Emorsgate's 52-ha Norfolk seed farm (also in Environmental Stewardship) and other demonstration areas will provide an opportunity to discuss practical issues of sowing and managing wild seeds as habitat based mixtures.
There will also be an opportunity to see our main seed growing and production areas demonstrating how hand collections of seed gathered from wild sites are grown on to provide seed of known origin for landscape and conservation projects.
Call us or email if you would like to find out more about this day and to discuss how it can answer your questions on wild flower use.
Grassland restoration, management, habitat creation and Environmental Stewardship
Tuesday 13 July
Facilitator: Donald MacIntyre, Emorsgate Seeds
Set in countryside of outstanding natural beauty, this course will be of interest to anyone who wishes to be inspired about growing wild flowers. The ideas and methods applied within the HLS stewardship scheme on our Somerset farm are equally relevant to landscaping and gardening applications: there will be something to learn and take away for all schemes both large and small.
Manor Farm extends to around 120 ha and consists predominantly of semi-improved, and unimproved limestone grasslands and neutral grasslands, with additional blocks of ancient woodland.
This field based training day will look at the options for maintaining, restoring and creating wild grasslands, including (for maintenance) grazing, mowing, weed control, and soil fertility; grassland management, over-seeding, scarification and using yellow rattle (for restoration), ground preparation, seeding and after-care (grassland creation). Field-scale examples of these options will be seen at various stages up to 14 years after being seeded. There will also be an opportunity to see the methods used to produce crop grown wild seed and see a demonstration of brush harvesting.
Posted on 28 March 2010,