A special Club Seminar entitled Who owns and farms the UK's productive farmland - and why this matters is to be held at The National Liberal Club, 1, Whitehall Court on Monday 19th October from 3-7pm.
Richard Binning of Savills will open the seminar with some historical context and an analysis of just who does own and farm the UK’s farmland. David Fursdon, Chairman of James Dyson's Beeswax Farming, will be the keynote speaker, followed by Greg Bliss, a past chairman of the Tenant Farmers Association, who now farms in Cambridgeshire.
All three will address how ownership and occupancy impacts on sustainable food and energy production; on food security and soil health; on the rural economy and community, employment and housing; and on amenity, access and the environment.
The seminar will consider some of farming’s biggest issues – does farming need new business structures to decouple ownership from farming; what is really happening behind the scenes; are commercial pressures and five year tenancies leading to short term thinking and damage to the vital top seven inches of soil; are the new ‘barons’ a force for good in British agriculture?
The cost of attending is £35, including coffee/tea on arrival and wine and canapés following the seminar.
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