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Hundreds of exhibitors and speakers will attend this month’s Groundswell event – the UK’s biggest regenerative agriculture show. Pioneering event gears up for ‘most exciting show yet’

• UK’s top regenerative agriculture show

• More than 175 exhibitors in attendance

• Speakers arrive from around the world

Hundreds of exhibitors and speakers will attend this month’s Groundswell event – the UK’s biggest regenerative agriculture show.

More than 120 speakers will take to the stages at the two-day event, with 15 manufacturers demonstrating direct drills, a mob grazing showcase, dung beetle safari and 175 exhibitors. 

Hosted by the Cherry family, the show takes place on 22-23 June at Lannock Manor Farm, Weston, near Hitchin, Hertfordshire

“With travel restrictions eased after the Covid pandemic, Groundswell 2022 is shaping up to the most exciting event yet,” says John Cherry.

“We’ve been inundated with ideas for sessions from across science, farming, environment and food sectors. We only have two days to fit them all into but we’re building an additional session venue this year and we’ll be recording sessions to go online.”

Global visitors

Fewer travel restrictions this year mean Groundswell organisers have secured some of the world’s most experienced and knowledgeable experts in no-till farming, soil health and livestock management from across the globe.

Special speakers this year include Dwayne Beck from Dakota Lakes Research Farm in South Dakota; principal scientist and Rhizoterra Inc owner Jill Clapperton; and Missouri livestock farmer Greg Judy.

“You might think that there is not much we can learn from people and places so different to the UK, but if you thought that, you’d be wrong,” says Mr Cherry.

Growing popularity

Groundswell attracted over 3,500 visitors in 2021 and more tickets are expected to be sold this year. Rooted in the underlying principles of regenerative agriculture, organisers describe Groundswell offers a powerful combination of thought-provoking and practical content. 

The seminar programme contains a breadth and depth of topics ranging from big-picture conversations, such as livestock’s impact on global warming, to deeply scientific sessions on subjects such as soil ecology.

“At its core though, Groundswell is an event ‘by farmers, for farmers’ and most of the programme continues to explore ways of working with nature to grow food profitably.”

Conservation farming

As well as talks, visitors will have the opportunity to see conservation agriculture in action. Machines from 15 manufacturers, for example, will give working demonstrations.

Other demonstrations will include an inter-row hoe in a nearby wheat crop and an on-site composting zone which will demonstrate various composting techniques. There will also be a specialmob grazing showcase.

But Mr Cherry says most important are the farmers themselves. 

“Perhaps the most exciting aspect of Groundswell are the informal conversations that take place. Bringing together some of the most innovative farmers for two days, inevitably leads to some fascinating first-hand stories, ideas generation and learning opportunities.”