First Women in Agriculture Farm Walk, kicks off new series of events

  • 31st May 2022

The Lincolnshire Women in Agriculture recently organised a visit to the Blankney Farm Estate and Navenby. The farm walk, which was organised by Forrester Boyd Chartered Accountants, international real estate advisor Savills, law firm Shakespeare Martineau, and the Lincolnshire Agricultural Society, saw 25 ladies from farming and agriculture backgrounds join them in the first of this series of events for 2022.

The walk around the estate was a real eye opener for all those who attended. Not only was it a chance to explore the Blankney Farm Estate but also an opportunity to meet with other local women in agriculture.

With the Agriculture sector facing many changes such as the basic farm payment, many farmers are looking at ways to protect their businesses whilst also looking to reduce their carbon footprints and protect the environment. Therefore it was really interesting to see what is happening at the Blankney Farm Estate with its biogas plant in particular which uses maize to create renewable fuel.

Nicola Massey, Partner at Forrester Boyd said: “we had a successful farm walk and it was very interesting learning about the 14,000 acre diversified estate and their farming systems. We found it engaging how the different business ventures interact and complement each other. The Chlorophyll business, where the green is extracted from plants (mainly grass) grown on the estate and used for food colouring and other products was particularly fascinating”

Lucie Muddiman from the rural team at Savills said: “The Women in Agriculture group was established in 2019 to give the many talented women working in agriculture the opportunity to network and share experiences. Our headline event, which is planned for October this year is expected to see over 100 people in attendance, so we wanted to add some smaller gatherings to our events calendar to provide local women in the industry an opportunity to get to know each other on a more personal level.”

For more information on the Women In Agriculture or if you are interested in the next farm walk which is taking place on Wednesday 8 June at Hammond Produce’s Kennelwood Site at Rufford, near Newark, please contact Sarah Duxbury at the Lincolnshire Showground on 01522 585501 or email: sduxbury@lincolnshireshowground.co.uk.


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