Horticulture Technical Field Tour
The Nuffield Horticulture Field Tour invites you to the counties of Herefordshire and Worcestershire to explore a variety of innovative and enterprising horticultural business’ which, as family run units, have challenged the traditional, so that they are ready to move forward for succeeding generations. We would also like you to see and sample some of our delicious seasonal produce and much more...!
Depart from Park Inn, York by coach to Becketts Farm Shop, Birmingham.
Becketts Farm Shop
The Becketts have been farming in Wythall, south of Birmingham, for 77 years and are rightly proud of having three generations of Nuffield Scholars - Alan, Simon and Holly. Since Alan’s Scholarship in 1957, the family business has evolved and grown, and now comprises an award-winning farm shop, family restaurant, conference facilities and a cookery school. Other enterprises include commercial lettings and arable farming. (www.beckettsfarm.co.uk)
Evening - Early supper at Becketts Farm Shop, with a tour and talk by Simon Beckett NSch.
With a passion for trees, brothers Nic and George Snell, both Scholars, set up Certainly Wood in 2006 at the family farm in Hereford. The business has grown significantly from producing 1,000 tonnes of barn dried firewood to now, over 20,000 tonnes per year of kiln dried logs and polar kindling wood, making it by far the largest specialist firewood producer in the UK. (www.certainlywood.co.uk)
A local interest visit to Kilpeck Church. Built around 1140, the church is home to the finest collection of Romanesque sculpture in England.
Supplying garden centres, garden centre groups, as well as the grocery and DIY multiples, Allensmore Nurseries is one of the largest independent nursery plant producers in the UK. Run by the Taylor family, the business has been producing high quality plants for over 40 years. Today, they produce well over five million plants each year, including pot bedding and perennials, on a 40-acre site at Allensmore, Hereford. (www.allensmore.co.uk)
Top Barn Farm
Harper Farming is a large and diverse farming family partnership located in the heart of the beautiful Severn Valley with sheep, Hereford cattle, arable cropping and vegetables. A large part of the business is growing and packing a range of vegetables for Minor, Weir and Willis who supply various supermarkets. Other enterprises include a farm shop, a business centre and fishing, both stocked pools and on the banks of the River Severn. (www.topbarn.co.uk)
Hidcote Manor Gardens
Created by the American horticulturalist, Major Lawrence Johnston in 1907, Hidcote is famous for its rare trees and shrubs, and plants from all over the world. (www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hidcote)
Lunch - Lunch at the Fleece Inn, Bretforton, served with locally sourced Nuffield produce. (www.fleeceinn.co.uk)
Westland Nurseries are one of the UK’s largest commercial growers of micro-leaf, samphire and other sea vegetable crops, watercress, edible flowers, oriental leaves, heirloom tomatoes, and more... They offer an extraordinary range (known as collections) of innovative and exciting products to chefs, the food service industry and consumers. They started off in the 1960s as a traditional salad and leaf growing business, but with a real pioneering spirit and the development of new cutting edge growing techniques and hydroponics, they have grown steadily ever since. (www.westlandswow.co.uk)
Stocks Farm, located on the Herefordshire-Worcestershire border, is a 200-year-old hop and fruit farm which has been in the Capper family for more than half a century. The farm comprises 100 acres of cider and dessert apples - including Gala, Braeburn and Red Windsor - and 100 acres of hops, with sales going to UK and overseas brewers, as well as home-brewers. Today the farm is one of only 50 hop farms left in the UK and is run by Richard Capper and his wife, Ali, who is a 2013 Scholar. (www.stocksfarm.net)
Westons Cider has been produced in the Herefordshire village of Much Marcle for 135 years. A tour of the Mill, to learn about the traditional and very English art of cider making, will be followed by lunch in the Scrumpy House Restaurant. (www.westons-cider.co.uk)
Founded in 1988 by Scholar, Angus Davison, Haygrove began as a strawberry growing degree project on a hectare of rented land in Herefordshire. Expansion, both in geography and techniques, has resulted in the project becoming an all-year-round berry, and long-season cherry and organic grower, supplying the best retailers in the UK, Europe and South Africa. The Haygrove business now comprises 455 acres of protected crops across seven UK sites, including 35 acres of glasshouses, 487 acres across four sites in South Africa and, more recently, 168 acres in Portugal. Haygrove is also a supplier of field-scale growing tunnels and substrate systems, and includes a not-for-profit business assisting overseas development, most recently in Gambia. (www.haygrove.com)
Royal Three Counties Show
Delegates have the option to journey home on the 15th June, or stay for an extra night and visit the Royal Three Counties Show at Malvern on Friday, 16th June. (www.threecounties.co.uk) Please note that accommodation for an extra night will be required to be booked and paid for separately.
Programme at a Glance
|Sat 3rd June||Arrivals and Registrations (WP)|
|Sun 4th June||Sustainability and Science (WP)|
|Mon 5th June||Great British Food (CPS)|
|Tue 6th June||Rural Enterprise and Modern-day Estates (CPS)|
|Wed 7th June||World-Class Innovation (EMCC)|
|Thu 8th June||Triennial Conference Day at EMCC (EMCC)|
|Fri 9th June||The Power of Renewables (PI)|
|Sat 10th June||Iconic Hills and Uplands (PI)|
|Sun 11th June||Family Owned: Family Run (PI)|
|Mon 12th June||Departure or transfers to Technical Field Tours|
|Tue 13th June||Field Tours Day|
|Wed 14th June||Field Tours Day|
|Thu 15th June||Field Tours Day|
Reading RG7 3AE
Crowne Plaza Stratford
Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6YR
East Midlands Conference Centre
Nottingham NG7 2RJ
Park Inn by Radisson
York YO1 6JF