Gathering input for the Defra Smallholders focus groups

There will be 2 NPS members attending the Defra Smallholders focus group next month so we would like to gather any relevant comments from other members as well. These will be collated and those attending can ensure as many of them as possible are raised during the discussions. The following initial concerns were noted during …

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Invitation to Defra focus groups for smallholders

Do you keep livestock? Would you like to share your views? Defra is interested in understanding the issues for smallholders and hobby farmers keeping animals. They are organising focus groups, run by independent academics, and are looking for smallholders to be part of groups of 6-9 people. The discussions in the groups will be summarised …

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Official membership forms are now available

It is now possible to download the official North Pennines Smallholders membership application form via this link: NPS – membership form Everyone in the North Pennines (and beyond) with an interest in smallholding of any form is welcome to join the group. Simply return a completed form and arrange for payment of the annual fee. Ideally all fees …

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Reminder – wildflower seed planting workshop

This is just a quick reminder that the final seed planting workshop is on Saturday 10th October at High Forest community centre and there will be tea and cakes provided. The earlier planting workshop went really well at the end of August, thanks very much to those that attended. People have been out and about since then collecting …

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Update on future member events

During recent committee meetings there has been much discussion about arranging events for members over the Autumn and Winter months. The following events are at the most advanced planning stages but any specific dates will be pending final confirmation: Late October Following on from the success of the summer BBQ at Whitfield in August, a Halloween bonfire evening …

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Locally reared, rare breed pork for sale

Over the weekend of Sat 22/Sun 23 August there will be some fresh outdoor-reared, rare breed Tamworth pork available for sale. This meat is from pedigree pigs raised outdoors in a woodland environment overlooking the East Allen Valley. Pre-orders are recommended to avoid disappointment, particularly if you want something specific as there will only be a limited amount on this …

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