Warwickshire Rural Hub

Hub Events


May 2019 (date to be confirmed)

Location to be confirmed

10.30am – 3.00pm

Do you have a redundant farm building, or a small plot of land that you are thinking of using for housing?  Our event will give you information on what you are likely to be able to achieve in your district of Warwickshire.  Class Q permitted development is available for farming buildings and small plots of land on the edge of villages can be given rural exception site status for affordable housing.  Hear all about working with developers, or how to secure funding to manage a building project yourself.  And how would your proposals fit into the succession plan for the farm business?

After the presentations you will be able to visit a building converted under Class Q, speak to your local planning authority representative and chat with companies who could help your along your journey.  There may also be the opportunity visit a local affordable housing development.

To reserve your free place at this event please contact Jane Hampson.

Contact: Jane Hampson
Telephone: 07780159291
Email Address:

Succession and tax planning – families and farming looking to the future

Tuesday 5 March 2019

Wright Hassall LLP, Olympus Avenue, Leamington Spa, CV34 6BF – 2.30pm

Farmers face unique problems when carrying out succession planning to ensure that their business is protected for future generations.

Our lead speaker at this event will be Joel Woolf, a partner at Wright Hassall solicitors and a farmers’ son from Suffolk.    Joel advises estates and farmers in relation to strategic business planning including business continuity and succession issues, and share and contract farming issues. He helps them avoid litigation by understanding their needs and assisting them to communicate more effectively with one another.  He is the only specialist rural recoveries solicitor in England and Wales.

After lunch, which is sponsored by Agricultural and Horticultural Development Board, we will hear from Mark Dickin, a partner at Ellacotts accounts.  Mark specialises in providing tax-planning advice, particularly in the areas of Capital Gains Tax and Inheritance Tax.   Much of his work relates to succession planning and helping clients create a plan to pass the business and their interests in land to the next generation.  Farming is in Mark’s blood having grown up on a dairy farm and studied agriculture at University.

In order to gain the most from this event we suggest that more than one generation of your family might like to attend.

To book your free place please contact Jane Hampson.


Contact: Jane Hampson
Telephone: 07780159291
Email Address:
Event Date: 5 March 2019

Dawn Chorus Walk with Ed Drewitt

Sunday 14 April 2019

Village Farm, 11a Birdingbury Road, Marton, CV23 9RY

5.00am – 7.00am followed by bacon baps and a farm tour

Organised in association with the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust Dunsmore Living Landscape Project you are invited to join us on an early morning tour of Village Farm to hear all about the birds present.  Our tour leader will be Ed Drewitt, who is a naturalist, author, BBC broadcaster, feather expert and Peregrine researcher, amongst other things!   Ed specialises in identifying birdsong and will be a fantastic leader for our tour.  You can read all about Ed on his website.

After the event has concluded we will be serving a breakfast of bacon baps and tea/coffee and farm owner Miranda Aston will be available to show you all areas of the farm.

To book your place on this free event please contact Jane Hampson.


Contact: Jane Hampson
Telephone: 07780 159291
Email Address:
Event Date: 14 April 2019

Embracing new ideas and technology – a visit to Squab Hall Farm

Wednesday 8 May 2019

Squab Hall, Harbury Lane, Leamington Spa CV33 9QB

1.00pm – 4.00pm

Squab Hall Farm is an AHDB Strategic Farm comprising 1000 acres of owned, rented and contract farmed land.   The farm is also part of a larger 1800 acre Arable Joint Venture. Current cropping consists of Winter Wheat, Winter or Spring Barley, Spring Beans, Oilseed Rape and Spring Linseed, all on soils ranging from sandy clay loams through Kuper Marl to heavy clays.  Around 80 acres of the farm is in the Higher Level Environmental Stewardship scheme.

GPS steering and Variable Rate Product Application are used extensively on the farm via high accuracy GPS subscription signals.  A controlled or Managed Traffic system is used for crop establishment.  All operations use auto steer and run on the same wheelings and tramlines every year, which helps reduce compaction on heavy soils.  Seed and fertiliser are applied variably using a combination of soil scanning and satellite imagery throughout the growing season, allowing the targeting placement of inputs to help maximise yields.

Farm Manager Rob Fox will take us on a tour of Squab Hall and tell us how he costed out and evaluated use of precision technology on the farm.   A sandwich lunch will be provided courtesy of Agricultural and Horticultural Development Board.

Please book your free place on the tour with Jane Hampson.

Contact: Jane Hampson
Telephone: 07780159291
Email Address:
Website: Open Website
Event Date: 8 May 2019

Begonias and bio-beds – a visit to Bordon Hill Nursery

Tuesday 12 February 2019

Bordon Hill, Stratford upon Avon, CV37 9RY

10.45am – 1.00pm

Bordon Hill Nurseries Ltd. are a high volume producer of wholesale ornamental plants. They specialise in the production of young plug plants from seed and cuttings for the commercial trade and use a wide variety of process technology enabling them to benefit from an unsurpassed level of quality control. The nursery’s entire production process is controlled by sophisticated IT systems allowing them to be very adaptable to changing production methods and to changes in market dynamics.

During our visit we will be visiting the sowing area, viewing the gapping and transplanting processes and hearing about germination and growing on.  Our tour will then visit the nursery’s one million gallon reservoir which collects all of the roof water before it is fed through reed beds to minimise nitrate and other nutrient loss into ground water.  All water that is used in the cleaning process for growing equipment is finally channelled to a BioBed. Here any chemicals are broken down and rendered harmless by carefully maintained bacteria.

At the end of our tour we will be visiting the nursery canteen for refreshments.

To book your free place please contact Jane Hampson.

Contact: Jane Hampson
Telephone: 07780 159291
Email Address:
Event Date: 12 February 2019

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Registration No: 7026157

Registered office: 23 West Bar Street, Banbury, OX16 9SA

Hub Chairman

Henry Lucas

Rural Hub Co-ordinator

Jane Hampson

Tel: 07780 159291

Warwickshire Rural Hub CIC Directors

Henry Lucas (Hub Chairman)
Graham Collier (Hub Deputy Chairman)
Paul Rice
Carrie Robbins
Alexandra Robinson
James Walton


Hub Steering Group Members

Luke Ryder, NFU
Mark Dickin, Ellacotts Accountants
Susan Schlee, S2M Marketing
Tom Newbery, Highfield Farm
Mark Meadows, Tithe Farm
Alexandra Robinson, Wright Hassall LLP
Bob Slater, Slater Farm Management Services
Chris Tallis, Tallis Amos Group
Jef Tuyn, Agricultural Consultant
Matt Willmott, King's Seeds
Jon Slee, Abbey Farm


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