Brexit high on the agenda at upcoming North Wessex Downs AONB Annual Forum

Brexit’s impact on agriculture and land will be high on the agenda at The North Wessex Downs AONB Annual Forum next month.

It meets on Wednesday, 17 October at Rushall Farm, Bradfield, Berkshire.

It will feature a line-up of expert 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

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

There will also be a choice of afternoon tours/site visits including:

- Rushall Manor Farm tour – 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

- 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. To book tickets for £15, including lunch, email or visit

Registration and coffee is from 8.45am with the programme beginning at 9.45am.