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Devon Association of Smallholders

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74 Land Management
966-74:Sunday 14th June (10am - 4pm)
Venue: Northlew, near Hatherleigh EX20 3PS
Cost: £70
Tutor: Gillian Dixon
Course type: Classroom & farm walks
Course materials: Summary handouts, Eblex booklets to take away
Provided: Teas, coffees, soft drinks, biscuits
What you need to bring: Packed lunch, clean outdoor clothes & wellies

Who is this course designed for?

You have just taken on your smallholding & want to know how to look after your land. We cover grassland management from topping, harrowing, rolling, rotations, manure management, soils, pest & weed control, hedges, ditches & watercourses, conservation & field drainage. A farm walk & practical sessions looking at different types of tools & machinery in action

The course will cover the following:

Objectives in managing your land? for production &/or nature, what stock? meeting the regulations, best practice
Seasonality of tasks
Ditches - purpose of, regulations, when to clear, how much, what to do with dredgings, machinery required
Hedges - regulations, trimming vs laying/coppicing, fast vs slow growing species, air-flow, shading, food, berries, timing, contractors
Ponds - clear in autumn, only 1/3 open water, beware of dredgings, weed management
Orchard management - grazing, pruning, protection
Fencing - boundary/watercourses, electric, sheep netting, back fencing, strip grazing to maximise production on small area
am  Farm walk - to view growing hay fields, recently cut field, soil test pit, cattle/sheep grazing, rush pasture, pig paddocks, wildflower meadow, riverside fencing, horse paddock
Soils - soil types, textures and testing for nutrients; avoiding poaching, compaction, erosion control; aerating, rooting depth
Fertilisers/manures - pH, timings, rates, testing, accounting for livestock manures, liming
Grass - how grass grows, seasonality, rooting depth, species, leys, re-seeding, grazing management
Clover - red vs white, benefits in pasture, N fixing, how to increase cover
Weed control - thistles, docks, nettles, rushes, Japanese Knotweed, Himalayan balsam, Ragwort. Sprays, topping, weed wiping
pm  Machinery demonstration - in yard: Digger with ditching bucket, disc harrows, drag harrows, conventional plough. In field: chain harrows, rolling, slot aerator, mole plough, topper (mower)
Summary - Further information, review, last questions…

Pay by faster payments:
Bank Account Name: DASH
Bank Account Number: 31351460
Bank Sort Code: 77-09-21
Bank: Lloyds
Reference: your membership
number and course number

Cheques can be sent to:
DASH Training
Higher Worthygate
Horns Cross
EX39 5EA
Make cheques payable to Devon Association of Smallholders

To book your place on a course please email to check availability. training@devonsmallholders.co.uk

Please note: If for any reason you need to cancel your place on a course, 2 weeks notice prior to the course date will be required to receive a full refund. If you have reserved a place, please make sure we receive payment 3 weeks before the course (6 weeks for non-members). Thank you.

Most of our courses are aimed at adults and are quite intensive, so they are not aimed at children. If you would like to bring a child on a course please discuss it with the training manager before booking. It is assumed that bookings you make are for adults. Only people who have paid the course fee are allowed at the training venue. Do not bring pets or other animals to the training venue unless you are required to do so as part of the course. Most venues are working smallholdings and dogs or other animals (even if left in your car) are disruptive and compromise biosecurity.