Emorsgate are hosting 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 20th June 2017. Donald MacIntyre, Bath, Somerset, BA1 8AJ.

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 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 calcareous and neutral soils over limestone. 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


We are also hosting the following two flora locale events on practical grassland management using scythes. (as previously listed under scythe training events)


Flora locale course: Practical scything & grassland management

Wednesday 28th June 2017. Emorsgate Seeds, Kings Lynn, Norfolk.

This is a ‘hands-on' event where participants will learn basic practical mowing and blade sharpening skills needed to use a scythe effectively and safely.

Flora locale scythe training group

We will also focus on how scythe use promotes flexible and practical grassland management strategies which are essential for maximising the wildlife potential of meadows and grassland.

We hope to demonstrate how effectively this can empower and engage individuals and community groups in getting the best from their own sites.

The relative merits of the scythe, petrol strimmers and tractor mowers will be compared.

This event will take place on the sown wild flower meadows around Emorsgate's seed farm. Scythes will be available to borrow or purchase on the day.

This course is part of the flora locale training programme.

Fee £100 / £75 concessions - to book contact flora locale


Flora locale course: Scything & grassland management

Thursday 15 June 2017. Bath, Somerset

This practical scythe course will be delivered by experienced scythesman and conservationist Chris Riley in meadows on Emorsgate's wild flower farm near Bath.

Chris will give instruction on how to set up a scythe optimally, how to keep it sharp, and how to mow with an efficient movement. He will demonstrate the different types of blade available for mowing small wild flower meadows, as well as weeds, verges and even lawns.

Chris will use his 25 years experience as a wildlife trust officer and the varied and diverse botanical habitats on our farm to discuss grassland management with a scythe.

Austrian scythe equipment will be available to purchase on the day.

This course is part of the flora locale training programme.

Fee £100 / £75 concessions - for further information and to book see flora locale

Posted on 08 February 2017,
Category: Events