Evaluating Natural Capital: event for members of the Rivers Lower/Leith and Petteril Facilitation Fund farmer groups

Date: Wednesday 05 February, 9.30am - 3.30pm, The Sportsmans Inn, Troutbeck, CA11 0SG

Hedge on Great Mell Fell

This farm walk is being hosted by the River Petteril and River Lowther and Leith Facilitation Funds in conjunction with Cumbria Wildlife Trust.

We will cover how we can begin to evaluate Natural Capital values relating to carbon on our farms, learn a bit about peat bogs, agroforestry and to build on the knowledge gained from our previous sessions on Natural Capital.

There will also be a visit to Eycott Hill Nature Reserve, Berrier by kind permission of Cumbria Wildlife Trust (weather permitting)

Itinerary:

9.30am Group members arrive at The Sportsmans Inn, Troutbeck for tea and coffee,

10am Three short presentations on the topics listed above

Speakers:
Imogen Rutter, Cumbria Wildlife Trust talking about Carbon Sequestration

Alasdair Brock, Eden Rivers Trust talking about Peat, Carbon, Water and Grazing

Speaker to be announced, talking about Agroforestry

12pm Buffet lunch followed by a farm walk and talk with Imogen Rutter at Eycott Hill Nature Reserve (weather permitting) who will talk us through how we can assess areas on our farms to enhance carbon sequestration by means of hay meadow management, woodland/scrub creation and management of upland peat bogs and mires.
If the weather is too wet and windy to visit the reserve we will remain at the Sportsmans Inn where Imogen will give a short presentation about the reserve and the work that has been undertaken to enhance its Natural Capital value.

3.30pm event concludes.

Guests are welcome. Please book your place(s) by contacting Andy Dyer on 01768 866788 or email andy.dyer@edenrt.org (for catering purposes).

We shall be outdoors for some of the day so please bring appropriate clothing and footwear.

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