- The Chilterns Farmers' Forum is an annual event which was first held in 2005. It is organised by the Chilterns Conservation Board and is open to anyone with an interest in farming and land management in the Chilterns AONB. The aim is to discuss pertinent topics of interest to Chiltern farmers, Conservation Board members and others. The event is usually held in the spring.
Over the years the range of themes has included:
- Farming and planning;
- Historic farm buildings;
- Environmental Stewardship;
- Direct Marketing of farm produce.
Chilterns Farmers' Forum 2014: Farm based renewable energy
Thursday May 15th
Farmer Philip Chamberlain led an informative tour of Agrivert’s anaerobic digester plant at Benson in south Oxfordshire then hosted the rest of the evening at Crowmarsh Battle Farm near Wallingford.
50 attendees enjoyed interesting and thought-provoking talks encouraging the use of renewable energy technologies and discussing the practicalities within protected landscapes. Links to download presentations or the presenters’ websites can be found below:
- The place for renewable energy in British farming: Dr Jonathan Scurlock, chief renewable energy and climate change adviser for the NFU
Renewable energy in British farming
- Farm based photovoltaics: Andrew Ingram, Greenfield Farm – a farmer’s perspective
- Farm-scale renewables within protected landscapes: Colin White, Planning Officer, Chilterns Conservation Board
Renewable energy within the AONB
Our thanks to Ardenham Energy and the National Farmers Union for sponsoring this event.
For more information about the Farmers' Forum contact the Conservation Board's Conservation & Landscape Officer Neil Jackson on 01844 355523 or firstname.lastname@example.org