Complex seed mixtures and the benefits they bring to animal health, soil fertility and farm profitability are at the heart of much of Ian Wilkinson’s work as MD of Cotswold Seeds and owner of Honeydale Farm, and he’ll be presenting a fresh perspective on herbal leys.
Ian studied farm and grassland management at Berkshire College of Agriculture and joined Cotswold Seeds 32 years ago. A family business based in Moreton-in-Marsh, Cotswold Seeds has built its reputation on developing forage, herbal leys, green manures and complex seed mixtures as well as providing advice to customers, which now number 15,000 farmers and landowners across the UK. It’s always been part of Ian’s vision for the business to have a farm and in 2013 Cotswold Seeds acquired Honeydale Farm, 107 acres in the Cotswolds, which is being developed as a Centre for Farming Diversity.
Following the publication of Cotswold Seeds’ guide, ‘The Herbal Ley Farming System’, Ian will be discussing the many benefits of herbal leys as providers of natural fertiliser, mineral rich feed, drought resistance and worm control and, linking in to demonstrations on our stand, he’ll be offering advice on establishment and management – how to sow and grow a herbal ley as part of a crop rotation.