Dumfries & Galloway Council

Land Use and Agriculture Just Transition Community Workshop - Newton Stewart

Please join us in a community workshop and help us shape and inform our approach to the Land Use and Agriculture Just Transition. This in-person event will be held on Tuesday, 29th August at The Vaults Art Centre, Newton Stewart, DG8 6BT. The workshop aims to bring together community members who are passionate about or involved in our Land and or Agriculture as we seek to draw upon your lived experiences and knowledge as Scotland looks to transition to a more sustainable and equitable future.

Building resilience through working with nature and technology

This meeting focuses on how agroecology and research can be used to increase resource efficiency and stabilise yields, whilst promoting biodiversity and helping farmers meet NetZero. It will explore:

• The role that novel diets have in reducing greenhouse gas emissions with Professor John Newbold.

In our Hands: Community Ownership in the South of Scotland

Full programme

The South of Scotland is now one of the fastest growing areas for community ownership in Scotland and communities are purchasing a wide range of assets including shops, estates, forestry, harbours, community centres, business and retail space and land for housing – to name but a few.

Bracken Control Without Chemicals: Techniques to balance farming and wildlife

Bracken can be a serious problem on hill grazings and marginal land. Without careful management, large areas can easily be overrun, which is bad news for everything from livestock to wild birds. Uncertainty about the future use of the traditional herbicidal spray Asulam has prompted people to look again at bracken control techniques, to strike a balance between productive agricultural land and the bird and insect species which depend upon bracken habitats.

Ethical Farming Conference

The conference will explore models of food production that have a focus on fair work for people, high welfare for livestock, environmentally regenerative closed-loop production and sustainable circular economies.

The event will take place at Rainton Farm in South West Scotland, home of The Ethical Dairy, the largest cow with calf dairy farm in Europe.

You can see the event programme and find out more about the conference on the event website: https://www.ethicalfarming.org/ 

Tickets should be booked by 8 May 2019. 

Wild Oak Woods Eco Campsite
Funding: 
Private source: £108,000; Dumfries and Galloway LEADER: £50,000

Field Lab: Grass Seed Mixes

Come and join the Soil Associations third meeting at Mouldyhills, where they’ll be looking at how the five trial plots (which were seeded last summer) have fared this year in challenging conditions. The field lab will be joined again by grass and soil expert James Bretherton from AgScope.

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