Bakewell Agricultural and Horticultural Society awards five grants of up to £1,000 twice a year, meaning that we contribute up to £10,000 towards the local land-based sector of the rural economy.
Bakewell AHS Training Grants
As part of the Society’s commitment to supporting the land-based sector of the rural economy we give 10 grants of up to £1,000 each year. Grants are awarded twice a year, with five grants given across these two annual application processes.
The Award is open to individuals of all ages involved in agriculture, horticulture or forestry and can be used as part payment for course fees, training courses, books or equipment.
Applications are invited from individuals living within a 30 mile radius of Bakewell in Derbyshire, Staffordshire, Cheshire and South Yorkshire.
To apply please use the form on our contact page.
Training Grant Awardees
The individuals who are successfully awarded our training grants work hard to develop their skills and knowledge in the fields of agriculture, horticulture and forestry. Read on to meet some of our successful applicants.
Tracey Langton Ballard
Third Generation Dairy Farmer
Tracey took over the running of the family farm after her dad died in 2019. She is slowly rebuilding the dairy herd using Sexcel and her own Angus bull and numbers are growing again.
Although Tracey has worked on the farm in some capacity all her life, it was her dad who did all the technical jobs and now Tracey is using the BAHS grant to fund learning courses for her to be able to do such jobs for herself, without having to rely on the help and goodwill of friends and neighbours.
She has embarked upon a series of practical workshop in conjunction with her local veterinary practice for injection techniques, rumen pump usage, disbudding, castration, bolus application and BCS. She has also been able to enrol on LANTRA courses for rodent control and for pesticide training.
"I want to say a massive thank you to you and all at BAHS. I’ve now got the skills I need to do the job going forward effectively and efficiently. I can’t thank you enough."
Independent Soil Manager
Charlotte graduated from the University of Derby with first class honours in Countryside Management in 2011. Having spent a lot of time on and around farms and associated businesses she took the plunge and began soil testing independently in December 2019.
Charlotte offers soil testing including trace elements, manure, slurry and water testing for farmers across the country, but mostly Derbyshire and Staffordshire. She also offers soil mapping using GPS technology to allow farmers to apply their Fertiliser at a variable rate. This ensures precision application resulting in greater yields and is far more cost effective.
Charlotte successfully applied for the Training Grant and is embarking upon the FACTS course to allow her to advise her customers on the fertiliser requirements. She intends to be able to provide a full agronomy service from start to finish.
Charlotte’s quad is a Yamaha Grizzly 450 and is named Bella by her daughter!
Lauren, Dale Cottage Farm
Grass and Soil Health
"It's been very useful attending the courses held by Niels Corfield and refreshing our knowledge on the importance of good grass health. The courses have balanced theory and practical work, which required us going out onto our fields and studying our soils and grass with the support of the 'Soil Mentor' app.
"Tests included identifying grass variety, grass density, worm count, dung beetle count and filtration rates and the results from the tests have since helped us identify what practices will help us improve our grass health without the need of synthetics - which is practice we do not do anyway.
"The courses have also helped us better understand how we will introduce rotational and bale grazing with our Galloway herd and how to develop a rotational grazing chart to better plan for the grazing year.
"It has been beneficial to refresh knowledge and a great opportunity to learn from other like-minded farmers. Many thanks to the Society for supporting us and helping us attend these courses, every day's a school day and I always appreciate the opportunity for continued learning."
Laurie's grandad, John Stafford, taught him how to hedgelay a few years ago, but he didn't find himself getting much experience of it until he entered Derby YFC's hedgelaying match in 2019, which he went on to win.
Word of mouth recommendations led to more hedgelaying work from local farmers and Laurie found himself beginning to build a customer base.
The Training Grant awarded to Laurie by BAHS has enabled him to enrol on a Derbyshire Landskills City & Guilds qualification for Chainsaw Cross Cutting, Maintenance and Felling of Small Trees and he hopes to move on to Forestry work in the future.
"I’ve now completed the training part of the course I just have the assessment coming up in a few weeks and then I should be fully qualified. Thank you ever so much for providing me with such a fantastic opportunity!"