Ready for new income growth from willow?

Willow is a low input, low maintenance crop which can be grown on marginal land and provide a profitable diversification for many farms.

Iggesund Holmen Group & The Farmer Network are organising a tour of local farms on Monday 22nd August which have already planted willow crops and are at varying points of the growth cycle. Farmers are invited to come along and learn more about the crop and the work required to grow it and see if it might be a possibility for them and their business.

The tour will begin at 10:15am at Braithwaite Farm, Braithwaite, CA12 5RY where those present will hear an introduction to willow farming by Neil Watkins of Iggesund Mill and take a look at the willow that Steven Clarke planted in 2014.

The next visit will be to Rogerscale to see how the willow crop Jan Wilkinson planted in May is doing. There will then be lunch at Cockermouth Auction with discussion and presentations on all the things you need to think about when considering starting to grow willow. The day will end with a trip to the Iggesund Mill field which is at the pre-harvest stage

Steven Clarke of Braithwaite Farm encourages farmers to join the tour – “If I’m not out here for a week, I am shocked to see six inches of growth when I return. Now that we’ve cut back the willow to the ground after the first year, I have only two years remaining until harvest. That will be a day to celebrate for sure. The payback will come in handy for other projects around the farm.”

Coffee/Tea on arrival at 10:15am and lunch will be provided.
Booking is essential. For more information or to book, please contact The Farmer Network Office on 01768 868615, text: 07714 187034 or email: info@thefarmernetwork.co.uk