Theatre 4 Sponsored by Sykes Cottages
Wednesday 7th November
Thursday 8th November
11.00 - 11.30
George A E Robinson - Terravesta
The Benefits of Growing Miscanthus
George will briefly talk through his experiences in Miscanthus over the last 7 years and describe the innovations Terravesta has and continues to deliver ensuring Miscanthus has a firm position in the farming landscape both here in the UK and globally.
11.45 - 12.15
Ali Hadavizadeh - Farm491
The Role of AgriTech in meeting rising global food demand
As the global population continues to rise, the seriousness of the challenges to the food supply chain and the subsequent environmental impacts should not be underestimated. We at Farm491 are on a journey of supporting and nurturing innovative agricultural technologies with solutions to these challenges that will guarantee the availability of nutritious and affordable food for all whilst preserving the planet''s health and wellbeing for future generations.
11.45 - 12.15
Luke Halsey - RAU Farm491
Role of AgriTech in meeting rising global food demand
As the global population continues to rise, the seriousness of the challenges to the food supply chain and the subsequent environmental impacts should not be underestimated. We at Farm491 are on a journey of supporting and nurturing innovative agricultural technologies with solutions to these challenges that will guarantee the availability of nutritious and affordable food for all whilst preserving the planet's health and wellbeing for future generations.
12.30 - 13.00
Paul Brocklehurst - Catesby Estates plc
Land promotion and raising capital for your business
More and more landowners are using their land assets to support their businesses and future growth. Some landowners are in the position of owning land which is suitable for development. Gaining planning permission is an expensive and time consuming business with no guarantee of success. Land promotion is a collaborative arrangement with both the landowner and land promoter working together to bring land to the market with planning consent for housing, in order to deliver much needed, high quality new homes. By releasing land for housing, landowners can access valuable capital and also leave a lasting legacy helping support rural and village communities for years to come.
13.15 - 13.45
Beverley Osborne - Training 4 Resilience
Emergencies and crisis events – they wouldn’t happen to us!
It’s a fact, emergencies happen. But the way in which such incidents are managed varies considerably. This seminar will explore the principles of Emergency Planning – what should your plan look like? What should it cover? Who do you need to share it with? And how do you make sure the whole team understands the plan and can follow it in the event of something going wrong.
14.00 - 14.30
Beth Cooper - Timberplay
Using Play to increase visitors and increase dwell time
This seminar explores the world of children’s play, including play theory and alternative approaches to play. This formative information supports Operators and Managers in implementing an effective play strategy. In addition to equipment, this seminar will also look at the importance of utilising the landscape in any play offering. Case studies highlight best practice in outdoor play, assessing how effective provision impacts on visitor numbers, dwell time and secondary spend.
14.45 - 15.15
Angela Sawyer - Food Centre Wales
Farm diversification into Food processing – exploring opportunities and avoiding pitfalls.
As farm businesses seek ways of diversifying income streams to protect future viability, food manufacturing or retailing remain popular options to explore. Small food companies are important drivers of innovation within the sector, but there are many issues to consider before deciding to take the plunge. This seminar covers the things to consider before launching a new business in the food sector, and where to find support.
15.30 - 16.00
Neil Furber - Pleydell Smithyman Ltd
Planning Success for Rural Development: A landscape perspective
Neil will explain the key landscape planning policies that influence development in the countryside. He will demonstrate how the design of development can be approached to minimise landscape and visual impacts and increase the likelihood of achieving a planning consent.