Royal support for farmers increasing biodiversity in Northumberland

January 23, 2024

Farmers in Northumberland are invited to attend a free workshop at Hexham Mart on Tuesday 6th February, where environmental consultant and farmer, Fraser Hugill will give practical advice as to how livestock and mixed farms can increase biodiversity on their farm.

Run by The Royal Countryside Fund and sponsored by Barbour, the session will look at how farmers can build on the work they are already doing for nature. It will look at what wildlife in Northumberland needs to flourish, and how farming and nature can work together to increase farmland biodiversity, while maintaining profitable farm businesses. The workshop will be tailored towards livestock farming, and how actions to enhance biodiversity fit into existing and emerging environmental schemes and policy.

Keith Halstead, Executive Director of The Royal Countryside Fund said: “We are very grateful to Barbour for their continuing support of our charity through this new biodiversity workshop, which forms part of The Royal Countryside Fund’s wider commitment of helping British farming families to improve the environment on their farm. The Royal Countryside Fund firmly believes in supporting productive agriculture that is in harmony with nature, and this new workshop demonstrates our commitment, like Barbour’s, to building a more sustainable future for all rural and farming communities.”

Tom Burston, the group coordinator, said: “Understanding the potential of biodiversity on a farm is as important as it has ever been. Its role is fundamental for farmers across Northumberland who are looking to make productive gains. This workshop is a great opportunity to consider how biodiversity can enhance farm businesses.”

Barbour, who have been a supporter of The Royal Countryside Fund since 2010, are funding the pilot project for up to twenty small family livestock farms who wish to further develop their understanding on biodiversity and ensure their long-term sustainability.

To find out more or register to take part, email group coordinator Tom Burston at or visit The session will take place from 4.00 – 7.30pm on Tuesday 6th February at Hexham Mart; a hot supper will be provided, but registration is essential.