FWAG SouthWest

The Farming & Wildlife Advisory Group

Our Charitable Aims:

FWAG SouthWest seeks to support, enthuse & inspire fellow farmers to value the environmental assets on their land & use them to secure sustainable & profitable businesses for the future.

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Devon's Hedge Tree Crisis

There’s a crisis looming in Devon’s countryside. Many of our hedge trees are mature or moving to the natural end of their lives and there is a lack of young trees to take their place. Diseases such as ash dieback will make the situation much worse worse even than when Dutch elm disease struck.

Ash dieback disease is starting to spread rapidly throughout Devon. In the next 5 to 15 years it is expected to kill or severely damage most of our ashes, and ash is Devon’s second most common hedgerow tree. The impact on our countryside, and towns and cities too, will be severe. The sooner we start encouraging new trees of a range of different species to replace them, the better.

To start to address this, a new competition has just been launched to find and reward farmers who are looking after their hedge trees. 

Continue reading the competition leaflet here.

Enter the competition here.

The WILD Photographic Competition theme was ‘How Water Affects the Landscape’. These photos are included in our 2016 calendar.

They are £6.99 plus p+p of £2.74 = £9.73
Get yours by emailing info@fwagsw.org.uk or telephoning the Gloucestershire office on 01666 503668.
Read more about the competition and see the winners here.

The Devon Bronze Otter

We are delighted to announce that for the first time in its 30-year history the trophy has been jointly awarded to two farms!   

Congratulations to Kevin & Julie Bateman – Martinsfield Farm is an organic farm covering 200ha of grassland, with a further 34ha of woodland. Judges were impressed with the special attention made to maintaining soil health, in order to maximise grass yields. As well as a successful school programme using the woodland as a teaching venue. 

Congratulations also to Andy Bradford - Brimpts Farm is a 280ha traditional upland farm with an additional 55ha of woodland. Andy has made significant contributions to the farming community by setting up the Dartmoor Farmers Association, marketing beef and lamb raised and processed within Dartmoor National Park. He helped form the Dartmoor Wood Fuel Co-operative to utilise wood from local sources and improve woodland biodiversity.

 Devon Bronze Otter joint winners – from the left – Kevin & Julie Bateman-2.jpeg