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The North Wessex Downs AONB Annual Forum @ Rushall Farm, Bradfield
Oct 17 @ 8:45 am – 4:00 pm

Farming Tomorrow – Prospects for Farming in the AONB

Starts at 8.45am for registration and coffee; programme commences at 9.30am.

Farming Tomorrow – Prospects for farming in the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

• How will Brexit affect agriculture in the North Wessex Downs?
• What will that mean for the landscape and wildlife?
• What is the future of land management support payments in the long term?
• What does “public money for public goods” really mean?

Featuring a line-up of expert and influential speakers on farming and conservation, including:

Caroline Drummond, Director of LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming) on the big questions facing sustainable food and farming as we leave the EU, including how to engage the support of the taxpaying public.

Merrick Denton-Thompson. immediate past President of the Landscape Institute on What the Future Holds for Landscapes, Food and Farming, including the Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan and the Review of AONBs and National Parks.

Phil Jarvis, Head of Farming, the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) on “Fields for the Future: a winning blueprint for farming, wildlife and the environment – 25 years’ experience of the Allerton Project”.

Chris Musgrave, former Marlborough Downs farmer and CLA member of the AONB Partnership on “The Way Ahead: a glimpse into the future of farming”.

Peter Lemon, North Wessex Downs farmer and farming and rural business member of the AONB Partnership on “The Southern Streams Farmers’ Group: Common Purpose for a Healthy Environment”

Plus a choice of fascinating afternoon tours/site visits including:

Rushall Manor Farm tour – join us for a trailer ride around the farm to learn about organic farming methods, conservation efforts and the John Simonds Trust’s education and training work with diverse a range of young people.

Woodland Management – hear from Richard Edwards, Forestry Manager for the Englefield Estate, about balancing woodland management for financial return with a commitment to conservation.

History, Heritage and Education – learn about how the farm and its landscape have changed through time in response to changing demands on a guided walk led by a local historian, Lady Sian Crisp,  round parts of Rushall Manor Farm.

Managing the Land for Clean Water – join local farm advisor, Karen Davies, to see and hear how Catchment Sensitive Farming works in practice.

The programme also includes a Q&A session and plenty of opportunities to meet new people or catch up with your farming and conservation contacts from across the AONB 

Hungerford Trade Showcase 2018 @ John O'Gaunt School
Oct 18 @ 12:30 am – 4:30 am
Hungerford Trade Showcase 2018 @ John O'Gaunt School | England | United Kingdom

The 2018 Hungerford Trade Showcase, following on from last year’s successful event, provides a way for Hungerford’s employers to demonstrate the employment and apprenticeship opportunities they can offer and for Hungerford’s potential employees – particularly recent school-leavers – to find out more about what is available in the town.

Please note that the venue has been changed. The event will now take place at John O’Gaunt School. All other details are unchanged from previous publicity.

There may be some spaces left for local employers – please see above for contact details. Those currently exhibiting include:

Triteq: a product-design consultancy working with development of life-changing medical devices.

CDK Global: a leading global provider of integrated information technology and digital marketing solutions to the automotive retail and adjacent industries.

Ticketer: the UK’s leading provider of bus ticketing technology at the forefront of smart electronic ticketing technology across the bus sector. Their software enables passengers to use the latest payment technologies,

Berkshire Labels: at the forefront of manufacturing high-quality self-adhesive products, shrink sleeves and wraparound reel fed labels. Additional labels are created from silk screen, foil and embossing capabilities. This is complemented by a full in-house pre-press department that provides them with complete control over colour management.

Sulzer: part of the adhesive industry providing adhesives and applicators.

The Three Swans Hotel: a hotel with bar and restaurant in Hungerford High Street.

Hungerford Nursing Home: nursing home providing care and respite for those requiring additional care.

Fuel Cell Systems: specialists in hydrogen fuel-cells design, manufacture and implementation.

Amtecs: The UK’s largest independent supplier of electric motors and associated products.

Dove’s Farm: specialist flour millers and bakers, who producing a range of organic flours, ancient grain flour and baking ingredients.

BK Grain Handling: specialists in grain handling, storage and milling equipment, as well as providing a full design and build service for steel framed buildings, in-house fabrication facilities and a fully qualified electrical division.

Littlecote House Hotel: a large hotel a few miles from Hungerford, part of the Warner Leisure Group.

The Advisor magazine.

Newbury College.

Hungerford Town Council.

Hungerford 2036 Neighbourhood Development Plan working group.

Hungerford Chamber of Commerce.

Thames Valley Police.

The Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service.