A Fresh Start for East Midlands FWAG

06 Jun 2016

For over forty years, the Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group has helped farmers to integrate wildlife friendly agricultural practices into their commercial farming businesses.

The aims of the group are as relevant now as they were then and now, three former Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group advisers have joined forces to form East Midlands FWAG.

Part of the national FWAG Association, the new organisation will provide independent environmental advice to farmers across the East Midlands as well as holding events, conservation competitions and offering a farmer membership scheme.

Campaign for the Farmed Environment Co-ordinators, Lesley Sharpe and Louise Richmond have been the driving force behind the re-birth of FWAG in the East Midlands and are both excited about the future. Lesley says:

"We have a FWAG group in Nottinghamshire and in this, its 40th year, I am really pleased we are able to build on this success and extend the services and membership opportunities to all of the East Midlands.”  

Louise Richmond has worked with many farmers in Leicestershire, Rutland and Northamptonshire and she brings with her a wealth of knowledge and environmental experience.

"Through our new FWAG group, I'm delighted to be able to offer farmers and land owners the very latest news and advice on agri-environment issues and in particular the new Countryside Stewardship schemes," Louise says.

Lesley and Louise are joined by Chloe Palmer, based in Derbyshire’s Hope Valley. Chloe is looking forward to working with new farmer members and more familiar faces from the original FWAG groups and adds:

"The summer farm walks will be a great opportunity to meet up with many FWAG supporters and see some great examples of farm conservation at first hand.”

Lesley, Louise and Chloe have 30 years of farm environmental advisory experience between them so are ideally placed to provide high quality advice to farmers and growers keen to improve the wildlife value of their farm.

East Midlands FWAG will be organising farm walks across the region over the summer and has just launched its membership scheme. To find out more, visit the website: www.eastmidlandsfwag.co.uk