Case Studies/Blog

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Know your Soils #1: Meet the bugs!

In our new 12 part Know your Soils series we will share practical tips for monitoring the soil health on your land.  Keep an eye out for our bitesize videos and fact sheets on simple tests you can do yourself on farm. “If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it.”  Get to know the…

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Soil testing: How to measure infiltration rate effectively

We are all doing a rain dance in the UK, and when it does come – have your tubes at the ready, because a day or two after is the perfect time to test your infiltration rate. Measuring the infiltration rate in Winter or early Spring can be challenging because the ground is saturated with…

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Preparing for soil tests in your fields

There are a few things to think about before getting started with soil tests, but don’t worry, we’ve laid them out in this handy step by step guide. It will take you no time at all to get ready!   1. Decide which fields to test How many fields do you want to test? Which…

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Building soil health: 5 Key Soil Tests to get you started

First thing to decide is where to do these tests. You might pick a few sample sites in 4 key fields and test them every 6 months. Most of these tests require a decent spade so you can dig 10-20cm depth into the soil profile in order to analyse it. This tool is made for…

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Getting started monitoring on our farm – Abby Rose

  Sunday morning early my dad and I went out to observe and investigate our soils on our farm in Chile. As you may know 2017 was a very difficult year for my family’s small farm as the mega fires in Chile consumed our farm, burning all our crops — olives and vines, just the buildings survived.…

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Ian Boyd – Whittington Lodge Farm

Ian Boyd is a farmer and wildlife photographer, who has been farming at Whittington Lodge Farm since he took it over from his father about 40 years ago. He sadly watched the wildlife decline significantly on his 700 acre farm as he grew monoculture cereals for 30 years. Plus his thin Cotswold Brash soils got…

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Tim Williams – English Farm

“My role here is to look after the land. My aim really is to be a carbon negative farmer.” Tim Williams is a young farmer, based at English Farm, near Reading. He spent many years farming in New Zealand’s more intensive systems before moving here to find ways of farming that regenerate soils and mitigate…

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Rob Richmond – Manor Farm Chedworth

Rob Richmond grew up on a dairy farm and has managed 300 organic dairy cows at Manor Farm Chedworth for the last 10 years. At some point Rob started recognising that things had to change in the industry, soils were depleting even though farmers were doing there best to manage their farms. So Rob did…

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Fidelity Weston – Romshed Farm

Fidelity Weston is a wonderfully positive and curious farmer, she was previously Chairman of Kent Wildlife Trust and sees farming as a way to work with the natural world around. As with many farmers, she cares about her animals, biodiversity on the land and of course has to make ends meet. We arrived at Romshed…

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