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Nature

08.02.24

Get ready for the GWCT Big Farmland Bird Count!

WHY ARE WE COUNTING?
This important initiative offers a simple means of recording the effect of any conservation schemes currently being initiated by farmers and gamekeepers on their land.

HOW TO TAKE PART
The 2024 Big Farmland Bird Count is taking place between the 2nd and 18th February 2024

Just follow the three simple steps below to take part:

1. Download your count sheet

  • Those who participate in the count in February 2024 will be able to submit their entries online.

  • To help with the count out in the field you can download and print our helpful count sheet at https://www.bfbc.org.uk/take-part/how-to-take-part/

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British farming

18.01.24

Get ready - Open Farm Sunday is coming to a farm near you this summer!

Open Farm Sun­day, man­aged by LEAF (Link­ing Envi­ron­ment And Farm­ing), is one of the farm­ing industry’s biggest suc­cess sto­ries. Since the first Open Farm Sun­day in 2006, over 1600 farm­ers across the UK have opened their gates and wel­comed over 2.7 mil­lion peo­ple onto farms for one Sun­day each year.

It is a fan­tas­tic oppor­tu­ni­ty for every­one, young and old, to dis­cov­er at first hand what it means to be a farmer and the fab­u­lous work they do pro­duc­ing our food, enhanc­ing the coun­try­side and all the goods and ser­vices farm­ers provide.

Each event is unique based around the farm’s indi­vid­ual sto­ry. Activ­i­ties dur­ing the day may include a farm walk, nature trail, trac­tor and trail­er rides, demon­stra­tions, activ­i­ties for chil­dren or a mini farm­ers mar­ket. 

So get the date in the diary, brush off your wellies and we will see you in June!

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News

20.12.23

Merry Christmas 2023!

Instead of sending out corporate cards every Christmas, Bedfordia donate to charities chosen by our staff. A total of £1,800 was shared with the charities this year.
We would like to send our very best Christmas wishes to all people who are involved and to the tireless teams who touch so many people's lives.

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Christmas

11.12.23

Christmas Tree Recycling

Sue Ryder - a local hospice in Bedford offer a Christmas tree recycling service to raise money for the invaluable care services they offer. All you have to do is register on their website, leave a donation and they will collect your tree, which will be chipped. Their website is www.sueryder.org

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British farming

29.11.23

OSR November 2023

I’m sure we all know that Oil Seed Rape (OSR) is used for cooking either as a cooking oil or as an ingredient in salad dressings etc. Indeed it’s a healthy option too, as it contains the lowest saturated fat content of any oil – half as much as olive oil!
Here are a few more interesting facts about this versatile plant that you may not know:

  1. OSR is a brassica - part of the cabbage family.
  2. As well as looking attractive the vibrant yellow OSR flowers are full of nectar so bees love it.
  3. The oil was originally produced as a lubricant and is still used in chainsaws to help minimize friction in the chain.
  4. Rape seed oil can also be used as bio diesel in specially adapted cars or heating systems.
  5. The high protein by-product left after processing rape seed oil can be fed to livestock.

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News

20.11.23

Road Safety Week 2023

Five people die on UK roads every day, so why do we still think it’s OK to speed? Every time we driver faster than the speed limit or too fast for the road conditions, we increase the risk of a crash and the chance that someone we love will be killed or hurt on a road. Find out out you can become involved at Brake - a road safety charity. #RoadSafetyWeek
Bedfordia support a local road safety charity called Road Victims Trust - to find out more visit their website.

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British farming

01.11.23

#FarmingCAN

It promotes what British farming is and raises awareness of the vital work farmers are doing to the wider public, whether that be feeding the nation, protecting our environment or providing millions of jobs. 

Farming is also fundamental to our well-being, connecting us with our beautiful countryside and the rural communities within it. 

For more information, have a look at their website.

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News

19.10.23

Breast Cancer Now Awareness month

The team dressed in and ate all things pink yesterday to raise money for Breast Cancer Now Awareness month. For every pound we individually donated, Bedfordia have pledged to treble it! Everyone was very generous and we will let you know how much we collected shortly.

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News

09.10.23

Forest school is back!

The children were excited to be back at Forest School where they can have hands-on experiences of woodcraft in a beautiful setting. It’s a great time to be amongst the trees when the leaves are changing colours and the mild weather is a real bonus.
As well as the ‘obligatory’ tree climbing, Harley and his students have already completed natural art, tree identification and learnt a square lashing to create stick animals.
 

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