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Past BGS President Sarah Byford receives MBE in Queen’s 90th Birthday Honours list - Thursday, June 16, 2016

BGS is delighted to hear that our first lady president, Sarah Byford (2008/09) has been recognised for her voluntary services to grassland societies and rural communities by being awarded an MBE in the Queen’s 90th Birthday Honours list. We wish to congratulate Sarah, who remains a dedicated and active member of BGS as well as the Welsh Federation of Grassland Societies and her local Society in Monmouthshire, where she is in her 44th year as secretary.

BGS at event engaging children with sustainable farming - Wednesday, June 15, 2016

On Tuesday June 14 BGS Technical Project Manager, Charlotte Evans was involved with a day out on-farm for school children in the Helston area, Cornwall. The Kingfisher Award, which is run annually as an educational initiative of the Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group SW, provides children with the opportunity to go out on to farms and explore the natural world.

Soil Quality Project and Workshop - Thursday, May 12, 2016

BGS is delighted to be involved in a new collaborative research project, led by Newcastle University and funded by SARIC, the Sustainable Agriculture and Research Innovation Club, an industry/public funding consortium.

BGS Competition – Don’t miss the chance to become the next Grassland Farmer of the Year - Tuesday, May 10, 2016

The first round deadline for entrants to the BGS Grassland Farmer of the Year competition 2016 is Friday 3rd June. BGS direct and affiliated local society members are encouraged to act now to make sure they don’t miss the chance of getting their entry or nomination competed by the deadline.

New Trustees & Advisory Committee Members required for AgriSearch - Tuesday, May 3, 2016

AgriSearch (Northern Ireland Agricultural Research and Development Council) is seeking applicants for a vacancy on its Board of Trustees and for places on its advisory committees. 

For the position of Trustee, a person with a background in finance and/or accounting is sought with a view to the successful candidate becoming Treasurer. The person should also have experience of corporate governance as well as a knowledge of and interest in the NI Agri-Food sector.

Cornwall Annual Field Day - Thursday, April 21, 2016

A great Grassland Society tradition takes place in Cornwall, whereby each year one of the four Grassland Societies there takes their turn at hosting the annual County Field Day. This year, that task was the privilege of South East Cornwall Grassland Society, an area with a mixture of farm types extending from the inland edge of Bodmin Moor to Looe and Fowey on the South-Cornish coast.

British Society of Plant Breeders’ new Youtube videos - Thursday, April 21, 2016

The British Society of Plant Breeders (BSPB) has made a new series of information videos available on-line. The ‘Plant Breeding Matters’ series aims to engage as wide an audience as possible by highlighting the multiple benefits of plant breeding to everyday life – from innovation in our food, fuel and fibre products, to better sports facilities and enhanced protection of our countryside, biodiversity and natural environment.

See BGS at these events in 2016 - Thursday, April 21, 2016

The BGS events season has kicked off in style, with out first event of 2016 taking place yesterday (Wednesday 20th April) courtesy of Mark Verity and family at Radholme Launde Farm, near Clitheroe in Lancashire. The BGS-RABDF and AHDB Dairy Spring Farm Walk was a great success, with an excellent turnout, bright sunshine and plenty of grass.

We hope to see many of our members and potential new members at the following events over the coming months:

Tried and Tested information – reducing bacterial spread from manure and slurry - Tuesday, April 12, 2016

The nutrient management planning initiative ‘Tried and Tested’ has updated guidance on disposal of manure and slurry on its website, providing details of best practice disposal of manure and slurry to reduce spread of antibiotic resistance to the environment.

BGS have moved to Reaseheath! - Monday, January 4, 2016

The British Grassland Society have now relocated to new premises at Reaseheath College in Cheshire. This move places us at the heart of a major grassland farming region, whilst being at a land-based college puts us closer to some of the young people who will form the future of our industry.

Our contact details are:

British Grassland Society

Telephone 01270 616464

Email addresses and the web address remain the same.


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