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Tue, 26 Mar



Herbal Ley Establishment & Management

Discover the benefits of introducing herbal leys into your rotation with this one day course, and leave feeling confident in your abilities to plan and manage your own system. *9 BASIS points available*

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Herbal Ley Establishment & Management
Herbal Ley Establishment & Management

Time & Location

26 Mar 2024, 10:00 – 16:30

FarmED, Station Rd, Shipton-under-Wychwood, Chipping Norton, OX7 6BJ

About the Event

Join us for a one-day course on Herbal Leys Establishment and Management brought to you by the FarmED team and Cotswolds Seeds.

A herbal ley is a complex seed mixture of grasses, legumes and herbs, which bring a range of benefits to forage, livestock health and soil fertility. Herbal leys can often include a mixture of up to 17 species and can be incorporated into arable, livestock or horticultural operations.

The benefits of using herbal leys are as diverse as the species they contain. From building soil fertility and improving water resilience to fostering better animal health and boosting biodiversity, herbal leys are a traditional low-input method of farming that provides benefits to arable, livestock and horticultural operations alike. No wonder Newman Turner, one of the great advocates of herbal leys, described these mixes as his ‘fertiliser merchant, food manufacturer and vet all in one’.

With increasing variability in weather patterns leading to drought in many parts of the country and increasing demand to reduce chemical inputs to farmland, there's been no better time to consider establishing herbal leys in your operation.

But where do you start?

This workshop aims to answer this question by providing an opportunity to:

- Observe a herbal ley system in action in our eight-year arable rotation

- Learn about the costs involved and other management considerations when transitioning to herbal leys

- Have your questions answered about establishing and managing herbal leys by experts and practitioners

-Learn about the Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) options

By the end of the course, you can expect to walk away able to:

- Discuss the benefits of herbal leys in terms of soil, environment and animal health, resource conservation, and biodiversity enhancement

- Understand considerations for planning a herbal ley system that is appropriate for your farming operation

- Understand considerations for managing a herbal ley system, from establishment to grazing and termination

This course is designed for arable and livestock farmers and growers who are interested in working with herbal leys but want to learn more about how to start integrating seed mixtures into their current operations. There are 9 BASIS points available for attending this course.

Tickets include refreshments and a seasonal lunch from the FarmED Kitchen.

This is a full-day course running from 10 am to 4.30 pm.


"I want to encourage more farmers to sow herbal leys." - Attendee, 2023

"[I was] very happy to find out more about the logistics and practicalities of herbal leys and farmer perspectives." - Attendee, 2023

"I feel better able to advise farmers" - Attendee, 2023

"I learnt the importance of selecting the correct seed mix for a herbal ley to suit the ground and purpose for which it is going to be used rather than just buying an off-the-shelf mix." - Attendee, 2022

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Delivery of our mission is a collective effort and our values embrace inclusivity and diversity. We don’t want price to be a barrier to anyone visiting FarmED or attending our events. Read more about our tiered pricing policy here.

North East Cotswolds Farmer Cluster

We can offer discounted tickets to NECFC members, please email for a discount code.

If cost is a barrier to you attending, then please do ask us for financial support. The FarmED Bursary offers free or subsidised places to those that will benefit most.

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Cancellation Policy

We understand that there may be times when you need to cancel your booking.  Our cancellation policy is outlined here.


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