Landowners and people living on the Quantock Hills are being offered the chance to widen their skills in how to manage the special and protected landscape.
A series of workshops (the first of which takes place on Monday 7 November) is being arranged this autumn and winter focused on how to manage the land – the hills and surrounding vales – while retaining its distinct character.
The funding has come from West Somerset Council while the project is delivered by the Quantock Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Service.
The workshops will look at crops in arable farming, orchard planning, planting and management and managing woodland. The sessions are open to landowners, farmers, students and local communities within the Quantock Hills and surrounding vales of Sedgemoor and West Somerset.
Iain Porter, from the Quantock Hills AONB Service, said, “This is a great opportunity for local land managers and communities to learn additional skills that will help them protect this distinctive landscape into the future. Along with other funding and grants available we can see the real positive benefits for landscape and up skilling of our local communities.”
Cllr Karen Mills, Economic Regeneration Lead at West Somerset Council, said: “The workshops cover a range of quite technical subjects in farming and land management. Whilst those already working within the landscape will find them useful for brushing up on their know-how, local communities and those thinking of starting a career in a land-based industry will also find them of interest.
“As well as being part of the local farming industry, our landscapes are an economic driver for tourism. It is essential therefore that local people are able to gain access to the appropriate training to manage their businesses whilst protecting the environment that we all cherish.”
The next workshop takes place on Monday 7 November:
Quantock Resilience Project – Cover Crop Event
Rhode Farm, Bridgwater TA5 2AD
Monday 7 November 2016, 10am (4hrs – FREE)
Guest Speaker Jo Oborn, Resource Protection Specialist
A practical workshop looking at the benefits of cover crop and their role in resource protection, through the reduction of soil erosion and the improvement of soil structure and organic matter. There will be a presentation followed by a farm walk to look at the us eof cover crop on Rhode Farm.
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There will also be further workshops on:
- Farm Resilience – animal health – date to be confirmed
- Woodlands & Forestry – resilience and management 7 February 2017
- Orchards – planning, planting & maintenance 25 February 2017
For more information or to book places visit: www.quantockhills.com/events/view