Sward lifter static demonstration and information event

Date: Thursday 12 March, 10am-4pm, Eden Rivers Trust offices, Newton Rigg College, Penrith CA11 0AH

Farm machinery ploughing land

See our brand new sward lifter and talk to us and special guests about the benefits of, and influences on, soil aeration, plus other related topics.

Also in Attendance:

  • Lancaster University Research Team
  • Carrs Billington Agriculture Ltd.
  • Natural England Catchment Sensitive Farming Team
  • Eden Rivers Trust Conservation Team

 Thanks to funding from Lancaster University, we have been able to buy a new sward lifter and pay for the attachment of a hydraulic fan-driven seed drill, which will have the capability to sow cover/catch crops and other seeds and crops if required, to the machine.

Please drop in any time between 10am and 4pm to look at the new machine, discuss the opportunities which it potentially offers on your farm and obtain additional technical input from Rob Sunter of Carrs Billington.

Also available on the day will be members of the Lancaster University research team, who have been conducting a number of water and soil-based research projects in the catchment in recent years. They will be very happy to share the results and findings of their research and data collection and talk about their new projects.

Natural England will be on hand to discuss the various Countryside Stewardship (CS) Schemes now that the current application window has opened. Many of the options available under CS offer opportunities for water and soil management on-farm.

The event will be outdoors and partially undercover so please bring appropriate clothing and footwear. Refreshments will be available.