Hope Farm’s Workshop Webinar Series: Ecological Intensification
– Ben Woodcock, ASSIST’s Principle Investigator, will talk about the different projects within ASSIST, including the infield project at Hope Farm and 14 other participant farms. ASSIST is a six-year, £12 million research programme that, with support from the farming industry, aims to meet the challenge of feeding growing populations without causing unacceptable environmental damage.
– Georgie Bray, Hope Farm Manager, will be offering up practical experiences of Hope Farm’s participation in the project, including establishment and management of wildflower margins to maximise benefits to the farm wildlife and crop growth, including the use of cover crops.
– Callum Weir, Farm Manager of the Wimpole National Trust’s organic farmed estate, will discuss their biodiversity survey results and how biodiversity supports the system. A big focus is on the holistic view of habits in the fields (soil health) as well as around the edge habitats. This is not just with hedgerows and margins, but feed sources, pond restoration and pollen resources as well.
RSPB Hope Farm, Cambridge, UK