What is The Rural Community Energy Fund?

The Rural Community Energy Fund (RCEF) is being delivered by the five Local Energy Hubs in England on behalf of the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). The Energy Hub for the south-west is led by the West of England Combined Authority. Clean […]

Biodiversity Plans

With about 70% of land in the UK being used for agriculture, the Agroecosystem (farmland habitat) is arguably the most important environment in the UK. A diverse agroecosystem is essential for productivity, function and stability of the environment. However, following the post-war intensification of farming systems, agriculture has been associated with biodiversity loss and a […]

Home Grown Grain

  On our own farm we grew 50 acres of spring barley this year. We originally intended to grow wheat but were unable to plant due to the wet weather last autumn, so we switched to spring cropping. The majority of the area was taken for whole crop which yielded well above budget and left […]

Forage Crops in Arable Rotations

With the virtual demise of oilseed rape on many arable farms we are seeing an increasing interest from arable and dairy farmers to work closer together to grow forage crops. In the past this has often been maize silage but is now commonly one to three year ryegrass leys, red clover and in some cases […]