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Cotswold Seeds Founder Robin Hill (1928-2017)

Cotswold Seeds Founder Robin Hill (1928-2017)

Founder of Cotswold Seeds, Robin Hill, sadly passed away earlier this month, aged 88. After obtaining an agricultural degree at Cambridge…

Make Hay Before the Summer Sun Shines

Make Hay Before the Summer Sun Shines

Sow westerwold annual ryegrass now and you’ll have a high yielding hay crop ready for cutting within just three to four months…

New Recruits

New Recruits

Our intern this summer is Amy Watts, who is in the second year of a degree in agriculture at the Royal Agricultural University. Amy, from…

Agricultural Seed Mixtures Vs Amenity Mixtures – The Differences!

Agricultural Seed Mixtures Vs Amenity Mixtures – The Differences!

There are big differences between the types of seed mixtures we use for agricultural purposes, such as hay, silage and grazing, and those…

Digging the Dirt on Honeydale Farm

Digging the Dirt on Honeydale Farm

Digging the Dirt is a Soil Association series of in-depth reports on farmers who are reaping the benefits of investing in their soil. (by…

Super Quick Forage

Super Quick Forage

Adding a fast growing Westerwold ryegrass companion crop to your regular forage seed mix will offer protection to any new ley, nursing it…

Ian's Guest Blog for Agricology: Companion Crops are a Farmers Friend

Ian's Guest Blog for Agricology: Companion Crops are a Farmers Friend

Companion cropping can sometimes be a difficult term to define, but a learned fellow farmer, Andy Howard, describes it as growing two…

General Assistant to Warehouse Manager

General Assistant to Warehouse Manager

We are a small, friendly agricultural seed merchant based in Moreton-in-Marsh and we are looking for a General Assistant to work in the…

Catalogue Time

Catalogue Time

With spring sowing season soon upon us, our new catalogues (conventional and organic) are on their way out onto the farms now, so look out…

NEW: Simple Herbal Ley

NEW: Simple Herbal Ley

If you’ve considered experimenting with a diverse seed mixture that’s more complex than ryegrass and clover mixes, you might…

Sam’s Been On The Move...

Sam’s Been On The Move...

Sam’s given presentations to two very different groups over the past couple of weeks. The first was to Portus and Whitton, Landscape…

Student or Graduate Internship at Cotswold Seeds

Student or Graduate Internship at Cotswold Seeds

We are a small, friendly agricultural seed merchant based in Moreton-in-Marsh and we are pleased to be able to offer an internship from…

‘Super Grass’ Herbal Leys as a Cash Crop for Arable Farmers

‘Super Grass’ Herbal Leys as a Cash Crop for Arable Farmers

Anaerobic digestion is headline news at the moment, as a green energy alternative to fracking. Cotswold Seeds Technical Advisor Paul…

First Feature from Winter 2017 issue of our 'Broadcast' Newsletter: Cotswold Seeds: The First Chapter

First Feature from Winter 2017 issue of our 'Broadcast' Newsletter: Cotswold Seeds: The First Chapter

Robin Hill founded Cotswold Seeds in 1974, while book-keeper Elaine Hall joined in 1982 and is still overseeing the…

Soil Workshop @ Cotswold Seeds!

Soil Workshop @ Cotswold Seeds!

Come along to a one day workshop hosted by the Soil Association and Cotswold Seeds, and including lunch and a farm walk.  ‘Soil…

Sort out Your Soil at the Oxford Real Farming Conference

Sort out Your Soil at the Oxford Real Farming Conference

If you’re starting off the new year with a visit to the Oxford Real Farming Conference and thinking that one of your farming…

Diversity at the Oxford Real Farming Conference

Diversity at the Oxford Real Farming Conference

Cotswold Seeds MD and farmer Ian Wilkinson is taking part in presenting two sessions at the Oxford Real Farming Conference in January,…

Supplementary Farmland Bird Feeding Project

Supplementary Farmland Bird Feeding Project

In partnership with other Oxfordshire farms, we’re conducting an experiment over the next few months to determine the best way to…

Winter Cover Crop Workshop

Winter Cover Crop Workshop

Ian leading a practical workshop fo FWAG South West at Rhode Farm Bridgewater on the benefits of winter covercrops.  Sown just…

Cover Crop Workshop

Cover Crop Workshop

Ian is leading a practical workshop for FWAG South West next week,looking at the benefits of cover crops. It will take place on the morning…