Wild flower and grassland training events 2016
Emorsgate are participating in a number of training events again this summer. If you have created a meadow, or planning on sowing one but are not sure how to manage it these courses and events could offer you the knowledge you need for success.
Flora locale course: Grassland management, restoration and creation under Higher Level Stewardship
Tuesday 28th June 2016. Donald MacIntyre, Bath, Somerset.
This field based training day will look at how options under Environmental Stewardship (ES) have been used to maintain, restore and create wild grasslands, and we will discuss options under the new Countryside Stewardship Scheme.
Emorsgate's Manor Farm is a 120ha farm of predominantly semi-improved and unimproved grasslands in small hedged enclosures with scattered blocks of ancient woodland and wet woodland on steep ground with alkaline and neutral soils. We will see examples of semi-improved fields that have been restored by over-seeding with brush harvested seed at intervals since 1997, and how, after 8-10 years, the restored examples have become equal to comparable examples of unimproved grassland. And we will discuss the science behind the methods, changes following CAP reform, and how this fits in with running a commercial farm.
This field based day is part of the flora locale training programme.
Fee £100 / £75 concessions - to book contact floralocale
Flora locale course: Sowing wild flower seeds to create or enhance habitats for pollinators and other wildlife
Wednesday 22nd June 2016. Emorsgate Seeds, Kings Lynn, Norfolk.
"More, bigger, better, joined-up diverse and high-quality flower-rich habitats (including nesting places and shelter)”
This is one of the key objectives of the National Pollinator Strategy (2014) and also at the core of the ‘wild pollinator and farm wildlife package' in the new countryside stewardship scheme.
The aim of this event will be to review how this might be achieved in practice using wild flower seeds. We will consider the best way to optimise habitat potential by matching seed choices to soil and environment, and by good management from ground preparation through to aftercare. We will consider practical techniques from a small garden scale to larger farm and landscape schemes, and discuss how these initiatives can work together to deliver benefits to wildlife and people.
This course is part of the flora locale training programme.
Fee £100 / £75 concessions - to book contact flora locale
Posted on 11 February 2016,