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Doddington Hall’s Claire Birch will discuss land management and the environment at Ladies’ afternoon tea.
 |  Katie Hogg  |  Made News

This November at a Lincolnshire ladies’ afternoon tea, Claire Birch will be speaking to women working in farming about “Wilder Doddington”, Doddington Hall’s latest initiative; an ambitious plan for nature recovery across the entire 770-hectare estate.  


Hosted by agricultural consultancy, Active Business Partnerships and Wilkin Chapman LLP     , the event is free to attend and will take place between 13:30 – 16:00 on Thursday 25th November at the new Cathedral Centre and all women working in the field of food and farming are welcome to attend.

Ahead of the event, Claire Birch outlines a few of the changes on Doddington Hall’s estate, and gives a hint of what she will be covering: “Farming is changing and at Doddington Hall we are looking to encourage natural processes to operate at a large scale with a regenerative approach, with low-intensity grazing and browsing of Lincoln Red cattle, and the existing wild deer population assisting as the main management and habitat creation tool, with wild ponies and pigs to be added to the mix in due course. It will result in the development of wood pasture, wetland, and species-rich grassland across the estate. I'm looking forward to sharing our journey with farmers who are considering their own options in this exciting time of change and opportunity for land managers."

The ‘Agriculture and the Environment’ themed event will also feature the ABP team discussing the importance of farm business reviews, the move towards environmental schemes, and an update on the Sustainable Farming Incentive, and Wilkin Chapman LLP will discuss the legal principles behind family partnerships. 

Alex Olivant, farm business consultant at Active Business Partnerships, believes that there is a need for practical guidance as we move through the agricultural transition. “Farmers are getting to grips with new schemes and grants and we will be helping to evaluate some of the lost funding and develop a profitable business.

“The seminar is a space to discuss the future without the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) and the many opportunities available as we move through the agricultural transition,” says Alex. 

Limara Rickell, solicitor in the corporate and commercial team at Wilkin Chapman LLP will be presenting at the event, and says that a family partnership is the most common business structure for farming, yet it is often not supported by any written agreement. “We want to offer the opportunity for farming businesses to have a greater understanding of the legal principles behind a partnership and how they affect the day to day running of the farm business.”

Seminar details:

Lincolnshire ladies’ afternoon tea

Thursday 25th November, 14:30 – 16:00 at the new Cathedral Centre, Minsters Yard, Lincoln, LN2 1PX. 

To reserve your space, book online at

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