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Groundswell 2018

June 27, 2018 - June 28, 2018

£55 – £85
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Groundswell is an independent show and conference, ‘by farmers for farmers’, focusing on emerging methods of soil regeneration, reducing inputs and increasing profitability in arable and mixed farming situations

The theme for this years Groundswell Show is health. Health is one of those over-used words which needs reclaiming…in its modern sense it normally means merely an absence of disease or, worse, it means the taking of medicine. When being tested for Assurance Schemes, we are asked what our ‘health plan’ is, they look baffled when you say ‘our plan is to have healthy animals’; you are meant to say we dose them with wormers, vaccines or whatever at regular intervals.

The root of the word ‘health’ comes from the Old English ‘hale’ meaning whole or wholesome, thus sound of body and mind with strong defence mechanisms in place to fight off disease pressure and, importantly for us farmers, to thrive.

In order to have a healthy farm, you need to start with healthy soil. Soil health is much talked about, but very hard to measure. There will be a few forums at Groundswell discussing exactly this, both from the point of view of farmers who want healthy soil to make their lives easier and the subsidy providers who want to see the benefits of healthy soil for the wider population in terms of carbon sequestration, water absorption for flood prevention, clean water for drinking and clear rivers.

Healthy soil will grow healthy plants which will need fewer (if any) fungicides, insecticides, molluscicides and herbicides. Good news for arable farmers and the people who eat their produce. Healthy plants will also result in healthy animals if they graze them; healthy animals are also cheaper to produce and better for the consumer. So health begets wealth (another pleasing word with its roots in Old English).

Why attend Groundswell?

Now in it’s third year, Groundswell is growing bigger and better as more and more farmers see the opportunities available to them in reducing their costs at the same time as improving their soil. Groundswell offers a welcoming environment for two days of action-packed information exchange with some of the world’s most experienced “soil caretakers”- the farmers, scientists and the organisations who all have a role in shaping the future of UK farming.

The event is unique in the fact that you can spend a day learning the principles of Conservation Agriculture whilst also engaging with the organisations who can help make it a reality. After a day of broadening your horizons as to the possibilities for what can be done with your soil, why not have a local ale and share some barbequed grass-fed ribs with your fellow delegates and speakers in The Earthworm Arms?

Conference talks and seminars 

Groundswell hosts some of the world’s leading thinkers on the subject of soil health. You will discover a mixture of international and local speakers from the agricultural and scientific world combining to showcase latest research and understandings of how to make tangible changes in the farming system. This year there are four different seminar areas spread around the show. Some talks will be repeated over the two days to allow attendees to catch up on sessions they have missed. There are plenty of things going on so we recommend coming for both days so you don’t miss anything!


June 27, 2018
June 28, 2018
£55 – £85
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Groundswell Agriculture Ltd,


Lannock Manor Farm, Weston
Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG4 7EE United Kingdom
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