Land & Farming Discussion Group

The Land & Farming Discussion Group was formed in 1992 and meets about four times a year to listen to invited speakers and discuss topical farming issues.  There is usually a visit to somewhere of interest and also a Christmas dinner. 

Farming visit - people in barn

The Group comprises mainly of professionals from in and around the Salisbury area and offers a chance for those working in the agricultural sector to relax and chat to other professionals who may be concerned with similar issues.

If you would like to join our friendly and informal Group please email Rowena Cox on

Meetings in 2015

Wednesday, 22nd April

Adrian Matthews, Agribusiness Consultant at Savills will give a presentation on the Basic

Payment Scheme covering updates and how it is working in practice for farmers and consultants.  This will be a very interactive session as it is hoped this event will provide a forum for people to share their experiences ‘in the field’. 

Smith & Williamson,21 Chipper Lane, Salisbury, SP1 1BG

Light refreshments from 5.30 p.m.  Presentation 6.00 p.m. – 7.00 p.m. including Q&A.

Wednesday, 17th June

A tour of the Fonthill Estate by tractor and trailer.   This will cover farming, including HLS, renewables, building conversions and new commercial buildings.

This will commence at 5.30 p.m. and last about 1½ hours.  We will then head to The Beckford Arms for supper.

Thursday, 1st October

A tour of the Bombay Sapphire Distillery at Laverstoke Mill.  There will be tasting! 

12.30  - Lunch at Watership Down Inn, Freefolk Priors RG28 7NJ

1.45 for 2.00   Assemble in Reception at Bombay Sapphire Distillery, RG28 7NR

Thursday, 3rd December – date and venue to be confirmed

Christmas Dinner with speaker.