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Tolhurst Organic C.I.C.

Hardwick Estate

Hardwick Road

Whitchurch-on-Thames

RG8 7RA

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Improving soil health and fertility through overwintering cover crops: comparing different green manure sowing dates and assessing effects on soil and following cash crops. This field day will evaluate the most practical and useful soil assessment tools for field veg growing systems.

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PROGRAMME FOR THE DAY

12.45 Welcome and lunch

13.30 Introductions and background of the GREATsoils field experiment
Results of the field trial comparing different soil assessment methods and evaluating most practical and useful tools for field veg systems; as well as comparing two different sowing dates of overwintering green manures on soil health and the following cash crop.
Anja Vieweger, Organic Research Centre

14.15
Ramial woodchip in horticultural systems to improve soil health and fertility
First impressions of the trial running at Tolhurst Organics, comparing applications of ramial woodchip (fresh un-composted woodchip made from smaller diameter woody material), to the holdings usual treatment with composted woodchip.
Sally Westaway, Organic Research Centre

14.45 Coffee and Tea

15.00 Field walk and soil assessment method demonstration at trial sites
Improving soil organic matter and soil biology: early and late sown green manure after potatoes and ahead of brassica; compared methods are NRM soil health test, visual soil assessment, infiltration rates and earthworm counts.
Iain Tolhurst, Tolhurst Organic C.I.C.

17.00 Feedback and departure

Who should come? The workshops are aimed at growers, but may also be useful for farmers and advisors. We expect that growers will already have a basic understanding of the link between soil health and plant health and will be looking to understand more about this and how soil testing can be used to strengthen their growing system.

Workshops are open to all, however in the event of high demand, preference is given to AHDB levy payers and Associate Members. Find out more about the benefits of AHDB Associate Membership.


Places are limited so book early!


Please email Simone Osborn at GREATsoils@soilassociation.org with any queries. Sign up here for GREATsoils updates.

For more information visit http://horticulture.ahdb.org.uk/great-soils

GREATsoils is a programme of work funded by AHDB Horticulture. Work includes projects CP 107; CP 107b; CP 107c and CP 107d. AHDB Horticulture project CP 107b is run by a consortium which includes Earthcare Technical Ltd, The Organic Research Centre and The Soil Association.

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Hardwick Estate

Hardwick Road

Whitchurch-on-Thames

RG8 7RA

United Kingdom

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