2019 Annual Conference

2019 Pre-Conference Visit

Mercer Farming and Packington Free Range

Roger Mercer invites you to:

Blakenhall Park, Bar Lane, Barton-under-Needwood,
Burton on Trent, Staffs, DE13 8AJ

Wednesday, 27th November 2019 at 10.00am

This visit is kindly being funded by Roger Mercer at no cost to delegates attending.

Delegates to travel to Blakenhall Park and onto the conference venue (Chesford Grange, Kenilworth, Warwick, CV8 2LD), using their own transport.

Programme Outline

10.00am – Registration, tea/coffee
10.30am - Morning visits
13.00pm – Buffet lunch
13.45pm – Afternoon visits
16.00pm – Depart for the conference hotel (Chesford Grange)

A major highlight of the 2019 Nuffield Annual Conference will be the pre-conference visit to Blakenhall Park and the enterprises run by The Mercer Family.

All Nuffield Scholars, Roger, Rob and Alec are looking forward to hosting the event and extend a very special invitation to UK scholars who missed out in 2017 when the Triennial programme visit was over-subscribed.

The Mercer Family operates a collection of progressive and diversified enterprises - employing over 90 people and providing a number of profit centres. These centres include arable farming, both in the UK and Australia, high welfare pork and chicken marketed through their own Packington Free Range brand, plus a number of on-farm diversifications, from office accommodation to renewable energy.

As strong advocates of the ‘triple bottom line’ philosophy, the family is focussing not just on profitability, but also on social and environmental factors. The Mercers are passionate about the environment and support a number of environmental schemes. They also believe strongly in educating the next generation about where their food comes from and run a Farm Link programme which engages with over 5,000 children annually.

With the aim of promoting healthy eating amongst families from poorer demographics in Staffordshire, their latest initiative, launched by Rob, is ‘Farm Fresh Revolution’, a charity distributing fresh fruit and vegetables, meat and eggs, to parents whose children are at primary school.

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