LEAF chief at FWAG event

Caroline Drummond, chief executive of LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming).

Caroline Drummond, chief executive of LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming). - Credit: Archant

The chief executive of Linking the Environment And Farming (LEAF) will be among the speakers at a spring farming conference in Suffolk next month.

Caroline Drummond heads the line-up of speakers at the half-day event, organised by not-for-profit farm conservation advisers Suffolk FWAG, which takes place at Trinity Park, Ipswich, on February 13, from 9.30am.

The event’s central theme will be the new Countryside Stewardship Scheme, its interaction with greening and Ecological Focus Areas, and how these will help deliver Suffolk’s environmental targets over the next five years.

Teresa Dent, chief executive of the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust, will look at whether Environmental Stewardship delivered what it promised, while Dougal McNeill, a manager at the Natural England Norfolk and Suffolk team, will explain the rationale behind it.

Brin Hughes, an agronomist from Conservation Grade, the “Fair to Nature” accreditation body, will discuss Operation Turtle Dove, which has been launched following a 95% decline in the species’ population since 1970. Belinda Bailey, environmental initiatives manager with plant science firm Syngenta, will show how Operation Pollinator is working and Richard Barnes from Kings Game Cover and Conservation Crops, will explain why farmers should consider cover crops.

To book a place, visit www.suffolkfwag.co.uk or phone 01728 748030.