Plumpton College At Flimwell
Centre for Sustainable Food Farming and Forestry
Recognised by the EU as one of the best Leader+Projects in the South East.
And - Highly Commended Campaign to Protect Rural England Sussex, Countryside Award 2011

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Plumpton College at Flimwell
Centre for Sustainable Food Farming and Forestry

The Woodland Enterprise Centre
Flimwell
TN5 7PR
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01580 879547

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Plumpton College
Ditchling Road
Plumpton, Lewes
East Sussex. BN7 3AE
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A Success Story
One of the objectives for the South East regional Government’s Plan for Sustainable Farming and Food, is to support new entrants to farming with training and mentoring.

Plumpton College Centre for Sustainable Food Farming and Forestry has designed a training and support programme to meet the needs of both established farmers and growers and those who are new to farming.

For example:
Although growing up and working in East Sussex making his living from the land with his ground-working business, new entrant Richard and his family had not previously been involved in farming until they purchased a 100 acre holding in 2004.

The farm in the south of East Sussex has small sloping fields and ancient hedgerows so synonymous of this area. Additionally there is about 20 acres of grazing on the Pevensey Levels. Simon Bishop of The Netherfield Centre carried out a number of farm visits, providing advice on sustainable farming systems

As part of the mentoring by Plumpton College and its programme of support for new entrants to farming a small breeding herd of Sussex Cattle (cows, heifers and calves at foot) was found for Richard to purchase.

Richard was then in need of training to learn the best way to care for his stock and as a result attended The Netherfield Centre's "Starting a Beef Herd", "Grassland Management", and "Managing a Beef Herd" training courses.

Keen to follow organic principals Richard has also decided to put his land into organic conversion. This required advice and support, particularly in preparing the farm's conversion plan.

June 2005, Richard Benge's first Sussex calf was born.

If our mentoring programme could help you, please email Plumpton College