Events

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SOIL: Knowing what you’ve got & making it work for you

Thursday 2nd June, 10.30 – 3.30 Chalmersquoy, Westray, Orkney

Practical hands-on day with James Bretherton, Agscope, organised by the Soil Association Scotland. The event includes BYO soil & soil analysis session and looking at the most vital asset on your farm: SOIL. Discussing soil analysis, hysical soil assessment, taking appropriate remedial action & answering your soil related questions.

Free of charge to farmers and land managers & £40.00 plus VAT to others. Booking is required, so lunch & packs can be provided. For further information please call Lyn 07899791748 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Funded by The Scottish Government & The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development with partner funding from QMS, Forestry Commission Scotland & Duchy Future Farming.

 

Soil Muck and Money

Wednesday 1st June, Beaquoy Farm, Dounby, Orkney

The event is kindly supported by William Shearer and is a practical event looking at soil, grassland management, making best use of FYM and slurry for optimum production. Organised and hosted by the Soil Association Scotland, speakers include James Bretherton, AgScope and Iain Eadie, Germinal UK Ltd. Free of charge to farmers and land managers and £40.00 plus VAT to others.

The event will be run in the morning (10am–1pm) and repeated in the afternoon (2pm–5pm). Booking is required, so lunch & packs can be provided. For further information please call Lyn on 07899 791748 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Funded by The Scottish Government & The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development with partner funding from QMS, Forestry Commission Scotland & Duchy Future Farming.

 

Horticulture: a one-day course for crofters and small producers

Wednesday 11th May, Glendale, Isle of Skye, 9.30am-4pm

A practical one-day event looking at soils, fertilisers and rotations for horticultural crops, organised by the Soil Association. The day will include outdoor practical sessions including soil physical assessment, crop rotations for polytunnels, and placement of windbreaks and shelters.

Speakers include Audrey Litterick (Audrey Litterick Consulting) and Donald Murdie (Gatrigill), authors of Horticulture: A Handbook for Crofters.

The event is free to land managers; £40 + VAT to others.

Booking is required for catering purposes. Contact David on 0131 666 2474 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more info.

 

Grassland: Managing Soils & Weeds; a one-day course for crofters

Tuesday 10th May, Portree, Isle of Skye, 10.30am-3pm

The Soil Association is organising this course to look at practical soil management and sustainable weed control. The day will include a visit to a croft followed by a BYO soils workshop and Q&A session. Speakers include independent consultant, Ian Cairns.

The event is free to land managers; £40 + VAT to others.

Booking is required for catering purposes. Contact David on 0131 666 2474 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more info.

 

National Rural Hustings

Ahead of the Scottish Parliament elections in May this year, NFU Scotland and Scottish Land & Estates are delighted to host a cross-party hustings event to focus on the issues critical to rural Scotland.

The hustings will be held on Thursday 7th April, 7pm-9pm at the Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, and will feature a panel of representatives from the Scottish Conservatives, Scottish Labour, Scottish Liberal Democrats, the Scottish Green Party and the SNP. It will provide a fantastic opportunity for us to debate the key rural issues and ask candidates from each party to set out their vision for rural Scotland, with a range of organisations and guests from across the rural sector in attendance.

The hustings will be moderated by Ken Rundle, SRUC, and will feature:

Richard Lochhead, SNP

Willie Rennie, Scottish Liberal Democrats

Sarah Boyack, Scottish Labour

Peter Chapman, Scottish Conservatives

Mark Ruskell, Scottish Green Party

The event has been organised and supported by a range of rural industry groups, including the Scottish Crofting Federation.

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