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Cover crop open day


Cover crop open day

Dyson Farming are trialling a range of cover crop species together with Anglian Water and Boston Seeds. Cover crops benefit soils by protecting them from excess water, ice and wind and also maintain nitrogen levels and other nutrients to benefit the next crop.

We’re inviting farmers, growers, agronomists and industry representatives to join us for a cover crop open day on Tuesday 22 November. Here you’ll learn about our trials and how cover crops can benefit your land through interactive and practical plot tours. We are offering two tours throughout the morning, which you can book below.

Our large-scale plots cover tilled and no-till land and were all sown on 8 September. They include:

– Five different cereals

– Four clovers

– Four vetches

– Four mixtures

– Three mustards

– Three radishes

We’ll discuss the effect they have on soil structure, nutrient capture and release, water quality, and ease of establishment for the next crop.

 

Date: 22 November 2022

Venue: Dovecote Hall Farm, Westville, Boston, Lincolnshire, LN4 4YH 

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Booking and tour times: 

Tour 1 at 8:30 am follow this link to book a space

Tour 2 at 10:30 am follow this link to book a space

 

Please note that the trials field will be signposted from Dovecote Hall Farm. Appropriate outdoor clothing and footwear are advised.

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Cyclone Way, Nocton,
Lincoln LN4 2GR

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Branston Junior Academy visit


Branston Junior Academy visit

As part of our commitment to the local community, we have formed a strong relationship with Branston Junior Academy.

Just five miles from our head office, we gave the children a chance to see behind the scenes of a farm they’ll pass regularly. On Friday, we welcomed the entire school to The Hive before splitting up and exploring different parts of the farm, and farming, throughout the day.

From the importance of British produce to the differences in soils, this was a brilliant opportunity for the next generation, and farmers of the future, to see what goes into 21st century farming and how we care for the environment and surrounding landscape.

During the day, the children met members from teams across the business including Agronomy, Farming and Environment.

Management project

Ian Willoughby gave each class their own plot of land. Each plot is abundant with wildlife and wildflowers. The children set out to explore their plot, recording the wildflowers they found and spotting animal poo and pellets, which gave them a clue to what animals visit or call the area home.

Their task is to create a management plan to encourage more, or different, flora and fauna to flourish within their plot. From creating areas of wetland or hedgerows to doing nothing at all, each plot will be managed by each class, with changes being made over time.

Ask a farmer

Farm Manager, Paul Carrott, and Livestock Manager, Tom Wilks, tested the children’s knowledge on crops and how they’re used, before the tables were turned for a Q&A session.

Farming equipment and soil health

Technical Agronomist, Ed Ford, introduced each group to a range of farming equipment including combines, foragers and tractors. He then explained how drones are used across our farmland to determine soil health, followed by an extremely popular flight demonstration.

Soils

Dr Tom Storr, Research Agronomist, got the children’s hands dirty, determining soil type by feeling different samples. After that, they were given a shovel to dig up roots of crops which they compared and learnt how they affect soil structure.

British produce

Estates and Environment Manager, Jo Knight, asked the children to think about where their food came from. From sugar to strawberries, they discovered the thousands of miles much of their food travels before landing on their plates and how British farms can buck the trend.

Nocton Wood

Some of the children were even treated to a walk around Nocton Wood, a private, protected woodland that sits on our estate. They spoke about the animals who live there and how our team maintain the area to provide the perfect habitat.

You can visit Nocton Wood, this Halloween – join us for ghost stories, spooky walks and creepy surprises. For more information, click here.

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Cyclone Way, Nocton,
Lincoln LN4 2GR

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Fright night at the farm

Fright night at the farm

There’s something spooky down at Nocton Wood – join us this Halloween and discover the story of Victoria.

Follow the path of Victoria’s final journey and discover the gruesome tale of her untimely end in the ancient woodland where her ghost remains to this day.

A spooky wander for Halloween night, look out for the bats speeding through the trees and swooping overhead. 

Spot The Nine Brethren – an ancient oak that once marked the boundary of the Augustinian Priory that stood nearby.

Once a main road through the wood, you’ll walk in the footsteps of highwaymen and monks, and follow the trails of lords and ladies making their way through the once dangerous area.

What will happen?

Arrive at The Hive and climb aboard our tour trailer from 4 pm to enjoy a tractor ride down to Nocton Wood. Here, you’ll be greeted with tales of the wood and the terrifying story of Victoria.

You’ll be given a map to help you find your way through the wood – a 30-40 minute trail through the darkness. Look out for a host of resident wildlife, from deer to bats.

You’ll meet the highwayman and other creepy characters on your way, so keep your wits about you or be in for a fright.

Spot the letters hidden amongst the trees to crack the code and earn a treat at the end of the night.

Once your walk is over, you’ll jump aboard the trailer for a ride back to The Hive where you’ll be able to enjoy hot drinks, hot dogs, and jacket potatoes, included in your ticket price.

Tickets

50% of your ticket price will be donated to Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance.

Adults: £12

Children: £5

Email enquiries@dysonfarming.com to book your place.

What you’ll need

🧟‍♀️ | A creepy costume

☔ | Waterproofs and suitable warm clothing

🥾 | Suitable footwear – boots or wellies are ideal

🔦 | A torch – your phone is fine, but remember you might need this to document your day

Where to go

🗺 | The Hive, Wasps Nest, LN4 2GR

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  • The paths through Nocton Wood are naturally uneven, making them unsuitable for wheelchair users as well as pushchairs. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
  • Dogs are not permitted in the wood.
  • This is a family-friendly event, although due to the scary nature, it is important to take caution as you make your way around our path. Children must be supervised at all times.
  • As this event takes place after the clocks change, the sun is due to set at around 4.30 pm, which means visibility will be extremely poor in parts of the trail. Please bring a suitable torch with you to help you find your way.
  • Costumes are encouraged, although please be prepared for the seasonal weather conditions and please wear suitable footwear. The trail may be muddy in places.
  • This is a protected site so please be respectful of your surroundings and the wildlife in the area. Please take any rubbish out of the wood with you – bins are provided at The Hive.
  • Toilets are available at The Hive.
  • Photography is encouraged – share your photos with us on Instagram and Facebook @DysonFarming.
  • Please be mindful of the people around you.
  • Last entry is at 7 pm, with the final trailer returning from Nocton Wood at 7.45 pm.
  • The Hive remains open with food and refreshments available until 8 pm.
  • Parking is available at The Hive and is free of charge.
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The Estate Office,
Cyclone Way, Nocton,
Lincoln LN4 2GR

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