This is the second in our series of ‘FREE’ Farm Briefings, Dr James Jones, who is a farmer and agricultural consultant, has kindly invited members and friends of the South Hams Society to Rickham Farm on Saturday, 5 October, at 10 am.
Rickham farm runs from the sea cliffs at Limebury Point to West Prawle and across to the South Pool Creek. Extending to just over 500 acres (200 hectares) it is farmed with a mixture of grazing by sheep and cattle from neighboring farms and organic cereal crops.
The farm is run by Dr. Jones who previously lectured at the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester. He converted the arable land to organic and put the farm into a big agri-environment programme with help from the RSPB. James will explain this and the benefits to wildlife, archaeology and resource protection of his agreement with Natural England. He will use his academic background to answer general questions on farm economics and policy including the delivery of ‘public goods’ through agri-environment schemes whilst guiding us around this outstandingly scenic farm. The plan is that Dr Jones will take us on a guided tour in 4×4 vehicles, so if you have such a vehicle and would be happy to give other members a lift around this large farm, please let us know.
Left: Dr James Jones
Update – A really informative and enjoyable visit.