Forthcoming events you might be interested in from landbridge and other relevant organisations:


Taxation Conference

York (5th October) London (12th October) and Bristol (19th October)

The programme for the 17th Autumn Countryside Taxation Conference is now available. For more information see



Past Events

The key role of farm advisers in sustainable intensification

Nafferton Farm, Northumberland, 8th September 2016

As farmers are required to produce more and more from their land the skills and knowledge of the farm adviser are becoming more important than ever. Sustainable intensification is an important approach for farmers and all land professionals but how practical or useful are the techniques and tools being developed, and how willing will clients be to adopt new systems? In association with the SIP, landbridge will be hosting a workshop at Nafferton Farm in Northumberland on 8th September 2016, with opportunities for advisers to explore these issues and learn more about the Sustainable Intensification Research Platform. For further details please see here or to book your place, contact Amy Proctor at landbridge by 12th August 2016



Engineering innovation for agricultural water management

Great North Museum, Newcastle, 20th May 2015

The Instituion of Agricultural Engineers is holding its annual conference on 20th May 2015 at Newcastle University exploring the current state of on-farm water management and the role of engineering in agricultural water management. It will report on novel systems for water management and new tools and actions. See programme for more details and booking information.



Cover Crops, Precision Farming and More...

The Fenton Centre, Wooler, Northumberland, 19th March 2015

Catchment Sensitive Farming in conjunction with landbridge, Newcastle University and the Nafferton Ecological Farming Group are hosting a free workshop on 19th March in Wooler on cover crops, precision farming and more! Featuring contributions from CSF, Agrovista and Newcastle University, this interactive workshop offers strategies to improve fertiliser efficiency and save money on farm. View the programme here. To book your free place contact Ian Walton at


CCRI Rural Policy Conference 2015

22 January 2015, London
The Countryside and Community Research Institute (CCRI) is holding a Rural Policy Conference on 22 January 2015. 'Countryside Values for the 21st Century' presents a unique opportunity for rural policy and decision makers, stakeholders and researchers to come together to discuss and debate contemporary rural topics based around evidence from CCRI’s latest research.The conference will explore and celebrate what the contemporary countryside offers with a focus on its key needs and concerns for the future and will reflect on the multiple needs that 21st century society seeks to meet from the countryside, including food, energy, materials and medicines as well as recreation, leisure and residence.The cost of attending this full-day conference, including lunch and refreshments, is £145.00. A discount rate of £75.00 to students and people working for charities and local government is available for those who book before 12 December 2014. Full details, including a link to the programme can be found here.


Natural Capital - What's the Evidence?

NERC Summit - 6 November 2014, London

Valuing Our Life Support Systems 2014, a major natural capital summit, sponsored by NERC, brings together key researchers, practitioners and business leaders to explore the evidence and ethics of a Natural Capital approach. The Summit takes place at the British Library, London, on 6 – 7 November. Registration by 31 October 2014. Discounts are available for employees of CEH, the James Hutton Institute and members of the Society of Biology or British Ecological Society.


Building on a solid foundation: Improving knowledge exchange in arable farming

AIC, AICC, HGCA and landbridge workshop - 23rd September 2014, Peterborough

Landbridge co-hosted a workshop on the 23rd September 2014 in Peterborough which examined knowledge exchange in the arable sector and how this could be built upon and improved. The event was co-hosted by the Agricultural Industries Confederation, the Home Grown Cereals Authority and the Association of Independent Crop Consultants and featured contributions from leading industry representatives and researchers. This interactive workshop involved delegates mapping the knowledge exchange landscape in the arable sector, identifying the strengths and weaknesses of the current system and developing priorities for how knowledge exchange mechanisms and strategies could be improved in the future.

Taking stock of the links between research and the land professions
Landbridge Workshop - May 1st 2014, British Academy, London

Are scientists providing land advisers with useful information that they need to do their jobs? And do front line professionals have sufficient opportunities to contribute their expertise to the process of research? This one day interactive workshop hosted by landbridge on May 1st 2014 examined the links between research and the land professions and how they might be improved. With contributions from leading practitioners and researchers, the workshop explored models and strategies for bringing research and professional practice together, what gets in the way of fruitful knowledge exchange, and how barriers could be broken down.


Privatisation of Biodiversity Conference
This one day conference on 20th February 2014 in Dundee will examine the use of a range of new approaches to conservation, including biodiversity offsetting, payment for ecosystem services and conservation covenants. The event will seek the views of representatives of a wide range of interests, including an audience of academics, legal practitioners involved in planning, environmental and agricultural matters, practitioners, policy-makers and legislators, public bodies with responsibility for conservation, land owners, managers and developers, and individuals and NGOs dedicated to biodiversity. Initial details of the conference and some background information are available at


Are multifunctional ecosystems the key to "delivering more with less" from agriculture while achieving improved water quality and supply?

10th February 2014, Bristol Aquarium, Bristol

This one-day landbridge-sponsored event will bring together key players with interests in farming, the water environment and the interactions between them to share their knowledge. They will be looking at systemic approaches to water quality and exploring the barriers that prevent farmers and growers (and others) making more use of these systems. The workshop will be of interest to regulators, land users, advisors and businesses. The event is organised by the Environmental Sustainability Knowledge Transfer Network in conjunction with the University of West England and the Royal Agricultural University and takes place on 10th February at the Bristol Aquarium. To register for a place go to:

Enhancing ecosystem services through catchment sensitive farming and landscape restoration
13th September 2013, 09.00-16.30, University of Exeter

This workshop will address latest practices and research in catchment sensitive farming and landscape restoration. Landowners, farmers, businesses, charities, government departments and agencies interested in catchment management are invited to attend a Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) funded workshop at the University of Exeter to debate how catchment sensitive farming and landscape restoration can enhance ecosystem services

Investing in Peatlands: Partnership for a new peatland era

10th-12th September 2013, York University, York
This conference will explore how the conservation, government and business sectors come together to meet the challenge of restoring a million hectares of peatland through partnership approaches. The conference will highlight examples of good practice, identify barriers and highlight opportunities both in the UK and globally. For full details of the conference programme and how to register, follow this link


Sustainable Landscape Research, Design, and Management
18 July 2013, University of Bristol

On Thursday 18th July 2013 the University of Bristol is hosting a one day workshop that will bring together different sectors of the Landscape Industry . The aim is to facilitate discussion between a wide range of people working in the Landscape Industry leading to future research ideas and opportunities. The event is aimed at landscape architects, landscape planners, academic researchers, industry researchers, environmental practitioners (local councils, charities), anyone with an interest in the sustainable management of landscapes.Further information is available here


The Land-Agent: Past, Present and Future
12-13 July 2013 Lamport Hall, University of Leicester

Call for papers. Further information


Advanced Training Partnership improved feed and forage workshop

27-28th June 2013, Aberystwyth University

ATP is holding an Improved Feed and Forage Workshop at IBERS - Aberystwyth University, 27th - 28th June 2013 looking at future varieties and their use on UK farms.  Guest speakers will be Alan Lovatt (IBERS) and Dr Philip Murray (Rothamsted Research) and there will be a tour of the IBERS breeding programme and visit to the National Phenomics Centre. Email for further information.

Assessing the value of ecosystem services for the built and natural environment professions
18th June 2013, Aston University

This one day workshop at Aston University on 18 June will bring together key professional institutes, associations and individuals with leading researchers on ecosystem services in order to share knowledge on how the value of nature can be more effectively embedded in decision-making, advisory processes and professional working across the built and natural environment.  Places are limited.  Contact Alister Scott at for further information and bookings.

The Science Behind the Schemes
June 11th 2013 from 10 am to 2 pm, Hollins Farm, Ennerdale, CA23 3AL

Farmers and farm environment advisors are invited to a free knowledge-exchange event with some of the UK's top environmental scientists.  This event will give you the chance to speak to scientists who contribute to the creation of agri-environment policy research. Topics will include soil carbon storage, diffuse pollution and the use of satellite imagery for farm planning. This event is BASIS and BIAC registered


Valuing Nature Network stocktaking event

19March 2013, London

This event will highlight successes from the Network, including insights into partnership working between academia, policy and business; and the benefits of working across academic disciplines.  Network speakers will show how the current Valuing Nature Network projects have addressed the 4 key research challenges that were set out at the start of the initiative.  Register your interest via the VNN website.


Opportunities and challenges for the farming sector in Yorkshire & Humber and in NE England: events for rural advisers

15 February 2013, York

Regional Farming Advice Service events for rural advisers are taking place in York and in Newcastle:
At Askham Bryan College, Askham Bryan, York YO23 3FR on Friday 15 February
At Tyneside House (Environment Agency Regional HQ) Skinnerburn Road, Newcastle Business Park, Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 7AR on Friday 22 February. The agenda for both days includes topics such as CAP Reform, Cross Compliance, Water Framework Directive and grants for farmers and will be of interest to a range of rural advisers working in Yorkshire & Humber and in North East England. Bookings at


LWEC new funding for tree health

14 February 2013, London

The Living With Environmental Change (LWEC) Partnership will shortly be announcing on its website ( a new initiative to fund research into tree pests and pathogens, and associated plant biosecurity. At least 6.5 million pounds will be available for research projects. Trees make a huge impact on our rural and urban landscapes and contribute to a vital part of our heritage, rural economy and well-being. In the last few years, several new pests and pathogens have emerged as significant risks to the UK's woodlands, commercial forests and urban trees. The outbreak of ash dieback at the end of 2012 illustrates how rapidly new diseases can take hold, and the scale of the threat they can pose to trees. This new initiative will require collaboration between specialists in tree or forest research, and leading-edge scientists from the wider natural, biological, social, economic or other relevant research communities who have other, broader expertise that could help to advance our knowledge about tree health and disease. There will be a Town Meeting in London on 14 February where LWEC will be providing more information. This meeting will also provide an opportunity for researchers who do not currently work on tree health but who have expertise which may be relevant to this area to meet potential collaborative partners, and learn more about current research in this area. The Town Meeting is free of charge to attend but please email to reserve a place.


RICS South East Rural Conference: Maximising opportunity: New ways forward in the rural sector
12 February 2013, Hop Farm, Paddock Wood, Tunbridge, Kent

Further information and programme


Demonstrating Test Catchments
21-22 January 2013, Mary Sumner House Meeting Rooms, 24 Tufton St., London

A two day conference and seminar to present and discuss the preliminary results from the DEFRA funded Demonstration Test Catchments research platform will be held on January 21-22, 2013.
Further details


People, Pilots and Projects Workshop
17 January 2013, Vaughan College, University of Leicester

An evaluation of the scientific basis for river and catchment restoration necessary to achieve Good Ecological Status under the Water Framework Directive. For further information please contact David Harper


Setting an agenda for rural inter-professional working and exchange Landbridge Workshop 4 October 2012, Newcastle

Intense land-use pressure and a complex policy and regulatory environment mean that rural professionals are increasingly required to work together and exchange knowledge when advising clients. This workshop provided a platform for advisors to learn from the experiences of inter-professional working, identify good practice and consider the implications of this for future policy, training and professional development. The workshop identified common issues across the professions and considered future needs and mechanisms for inter-professional knowledge exchange. Workshop note