Entitled "Plan to grow – how do we make the future work?" the event on 18 November is being held from noon until 4.30pm at Farbridge, Preston Farm, near West Dean. It is being organised by the economic development service at Chichester District Council in partnership with HSBC, NFU and NFU Mutual, Langmead Group and West Sussex Growers Association (WSGA).
Chairman of WSGA Graham Bryant is also a guest speaker at the conference, as are Andrew Frost of CDC Planning, David Stevens from HSBC, the NFU's Dr Helen Ferrier, James Humphreys from the Environment Agency, Dr Jerry Knox from Cranfield Univeristy and Paul Draycott of East Malling Research.
As its name suggests, the occasion – which is preceding the WSGA annual dinner – is focusing on key issues for those land-based industries that are based in the West Sussex region (which is known for its growing tradition).
A representative for Chichester District Council said: "The future of funding, planning and utilities is uncertain for farmers and growers. We are looking to establish ways to support farming and growing ventures here in Chichester District. The conference will bring the relevant parties together to agree on a constructive and workable way forward."
Bookings for the event will be open shortly. For more information contact Chichester District Council on 01243 785166.