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The future of farming: talking to Devon farmers and landowners: Thursday 6 June

This week, three farmers and landowners will be making up a panel to talk about


Join the Climate Awareness Partnership Sidmouth in the Cellar Bar at Kennaway House from 3pm on Thursday 6th June

– to hear a panel of Devon farming professionals talk about what they are doing and how they hope to be taking this into the future

– and to discuss with them them further on their practice, their views and their plans.

All are welcome!

Climate Awareness Partnership Sidmouth (CAPS) will be hosting a talk called Farming the Land in Devon: Looking to the Future on Thursday, 6th June in the Cellar Bar at Kennaway House, from 3pm. The talk has attracted two farmers and one landowner from Devon to talk on the challenges, barriers and opportunities they are facing with climate change.

According to Chris Lockyear from Sidmouth Town Council, “The aim of CAPS is to engage the community around climate change in order to ensure people are aware of what they can do personally to reduce their own carbon footprint. By encouraging everyone to do something, we can collectively reduce Sidmouth’s carbon footprint.”

The panel of speakers will include Katherine Gray, from the Sid Valley, who willexplain the importance of meadowland for wild species, its role in carbon absorption and the dangers from not preserving it through the loss of pollinators, especially bees. She will highlight the importance of cattle-grazed landscapes to provide habitats for wildflowers and their pollinators.

Henry Gent, from just outside Exeter, will reflect on his understanding of the current calculations of greenhouse gas emissions caused by farming. This will include how land use and input emissions are translated into the produce that we can consume, including food and drink, and how we can reduce emissions by changes in consumption, including diet. He will cover personal choices and public policies, including subsidies, emission taxation, and carbon pricing.

Finally Haydn Dawkins, from north Devon will concentrate on his consultant work with farmers interested in becoming more sustainable, building resilience and combatting climate-change impacts and greenhouse gas emissions in all aspects of their work. His aim is to encourage regeneration and climate change resilience with the sustainable use of natural resources and technology, initiating quick and effective changes in business strategies, methods and standards to achieve this.

After the talks a half hour is scheduled for questions and answers