Norfolk FWAG is a not-for-profit organisation which gained charitable status in 2012. Formerly known as Farm Conservation, it is led by a voluntary steering group of farmers and statutory organisations, including Natural England, Norfolk County Council, Norfolk Wildlife Trust, The Norfolk Historic Environment Service and the RSPB. Membership benefits include a quarterly newsletter, bulletin updates on issues such as Greening, and an invitation to 2 farm walks with unprecedented access to farmers and conservationists for advice and support.
The FWAG Association
A number of County FWAG groups operate across the country, and on 6 December 2012, The National FWAG Association was launched. The organisation consists of local groups representing 15 counties across England, and Norfolk FWAG is one of the founding members of the Association. We are fortunate that Joe Martin, one of the directors of Norfolk FWAG is also chair of the FWAG Association. All of these groups are either not-for-profit or charitable companies and our shared primary objective is to deliver expert independent advice and guidance to farmers and land managers to help them integrate best practice environmental management into their commercial farm businesses.
At a national level The FWAG Association will represent farmers’ views on environmental issues, and it will help promote public understanding of environmental improvements delivered by the farming community.
Our members find it’s the access to and sharing of information that really makes their membership worthwhile.
Meet the team
Heidi Smith MCIEEM
Since graduating with an Environmental Science degree from UEA, Heidi has built up 20 years’ experience working for nature conservation in Norfolk. She started with English Nature (the forerunner of Natural England) then became the first ever Conservation Officer for an IDB while working for the Kings Lynn Consortium of Internal Drainage Boards. For the last 13 years she has worked for Norfolk County Council: the last 6 years as Countryside Manager where she set up the Connecting Nature Fund. She joined Norfolk FWAG as Business Manager in July 2014.
Henry Walker MIEEM
Norfolk FWAG Adviser
Graduating with an honours degree in Ecology, Henry worked on farms in Norfolk and on Islay, for the National Trust on Blakeney Point, the RSPB at Lakenheath Fen, the BTO trialling options for ELS, before joining FWAG in 2004.
Since working for FWAG Henry advised on over 200 farms in Norfolk, completing 100 ELS and over 80 HLS applications. He has worked on sustainability plans with Birdseye pea growers and GSK blackcurrant growers and has been involved with several projects including: the Catchment Sensitive Farming pilot project on the Wensum, arable stewardship for farmland birds in NW Norfolk and Wash River Crayfish surveys.
Norfolk FWAG Adviser
Since completing a BSc in Environmental Science at the University of Brighton in 2013, Charlie has been working in conservation. Her interest in agriculture and conservation developed at University, whilst looking into farmer attitudes towards agri-environment schemes as a focus for her third year dissertation.
Since leaving university, Charlie began her career as a Land Management Adviser for Natural England. In this position she worked mostly on HLS applications and Sites of Special Scientific Interest.
Following this she took up the role of Catchment Sensitive Farming Officer for the Bure, Ant and Muckfleet catchment and more recently she worked as a Project Assistant for a small environmental consultancy.