The country’s leading forum in the science and practice of grass and forage production, The British Grassland Society (BGS), has relocated to offices at Reaseheath College.
BGS was established in 1945 to serve as a communication forum, through events and publications, for the profitable and sustainable use of grass and forage. Membership is open to all with an interest in grassland agriculture, whether in the UK or overseas.
The organisation’s move from Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, to Cheshire places it at the heart of a major grassland region and, by being located at a land-based college, brings it closer to some of the young people who will form the future of the farming industry.
As well as having members and affiliates in the UK, the society has many active members overseas and is a member of the European Grassland Federation
The move is great news for Reaseheath College, as the BGS brings together those who have an active interest in the science and practice of grass and forage production and utilisation. These include researchers, farmers, advisers, teachers, students and technical members of the agricultural industry, all of whom aim to advance grassland farming through education, research and practice.
It is hoped that the new partnership may lead to the BGS becoming a valuable specialist educational resource, with the possibility of guest lectures and the potential in time for undergraduates and Level 3 students to become involved in appropriate project work. Reaseheath’s Agricultural Development Academy (RADA) is also looking forward to further developing its working relationship with the society.
BGS Director Elaine Jewkes said: “It’s great to be at a vibrant place of learning such as Reaseheath. I’m looking forward to strengthening our links with the college, which is itself a high profile and respected centre for agricultural education.
“I hope it will help us to further our central aim – to communicate improved methods of grassland production and use through research and the latest technology to the wider agricultural community.”
Find out more about the BGS by visiting www.britishgrassland.com