Posted October, 18th, 2023


VENUE: The Crowne Plaza Hotel, Nottingham 

SPEAKERS (subject to change): 

  • Jay Fuhrer - Soil Health Specialist and pioneer from Bismarck, North Dakota.  He has boots-on-the-ground experience of over 38 years. 
  • Ademir Calegari – from South Brazil - He started working with no-till, cover crops, and crop rotations in 1977 and is also Frederic Thomas’s mentor. 
  • Donna Davys- Donna was brought up on a hill farm in Mid-Wales producing lamb and beef.  With undergraduate degrees in both business and finance and plant science, Donna now combines her pragmatic farming and business background with plant and soil science knowledge to investigate relationships between investing in renewable technologies, such as pyrolysis and anaerobic digesters, and use of the products on-farm. 
  • Alex and Hannah Fraser.
  • Richard Jenner.
  • David Purdey, Toby Simpson, Ben Adams, David Goodwin.  

Wednesday 7th February Thursday 8th February
Ademir Calegari 
Alex Fraser
David Purdey
Toby Simpson
Ben Adams
Jay Fuhrer
David Goodwin
Richard Jenner
Donna Davys
Hannah Fraser
Six Inches of Soil Preview Trailer


BASE-UK Members         One day *£110 + VAT         Both days £170 + VAT 

Non-Members                  One day *£215 + VAT        Both days £380 + VAT 

*This includes dinner if required.  There is no discount for not having dinner.

If you would like to bring a wife/husband/partner to dinner only (not attending the conference) the cost is £48/head.  Please provide their name and dinner selections.


Email confirming which days you will attend, menu choices if staying for dinner, and any dietary requirements or allergies the hotel need to be aware of.  If you are booking for more than one person, please specify details for each person.  Once your booking information has been received you will be emailed an invoice and confirmation of your place will be sent once payment is received.  Invoices are sent via QuickBooks so if you do not receive it, please check your spam/junk mailbox, or contact me as soon as possible.

PLEASE NOTE – NO PAYMENT = NO BOOKING.  Last date for booking is 19th January 2024.

Payment must be made by 22nd January 2024 to secure your booking, and if we do not receive payment by that date, you will not have a place.  Refunds are not available. 

Dinner menu - Please indicate your menu choices with the code provided: (i.e: S3; M2; D2).

Menu Code
Leek & potato soup (V) (VE) (GF)
Chicken liver pate, brioche bread, red onion chutney, cherry vine tomato & red chard
S3Bruschetta, vine tomatoes, grilled peppers & basil pesto (V)
M1Roast sirloin of beef, roast potatoes, carrots & green beans, Yorkshire pudding & red currant jus
M2Roast cod loin, potato rosti, wilted spinach & asparagus, avocado, tomato & caper dressing, pea shoots (GF)
M3Roast butternut squash, courgette & asparagus risotto, basil oil & pea shoots (GF) (VE)
D1Raspberry frangipane, raspberry sorbet (GF) (V) (VE)
D2Baked vanilla cheesecake, white chocolate curls & strawberry (GF) (V)
D3Apple & blackberry crumble tart & custard (GF) (V)

Cheese will follow dessert along with tea/coffee to finish the meal.

ACCOMMODATION: If you require B&B at The Crowne Plaza, please follow this LINK to receive our preferential rate.  (You need to contact me to book your conference place – please do not forget!).  Please ensure you amend the dates and number of people occupying the room as required but do not alter the rate as this has already been fixed.  Alternatively call the hotel directly on 0115 9369936 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday and state that you are booking for the BASE-UK conference. 

By booking directly you will receive the preferential B&B rate of £120/room/night for single occupancy (£15 additional charge for double occupancy – please note that the link will not show this additional charge, but the hotel will contact you about this), and free parking under the hotel is also included (saving £16/day).  If you decide to book via a 3rd party internet site, you will not show on the BASE-UK bedroom booking list and may not benefit from the same offer we have been given.  If you experience any problem with bookings, please contact me as soon as possible.   There is no guarantee that this offer is still available.

Travel Information

Please note, to get to the hotel car park, please use the postcode NG1 5FW in your Satnav, not the hotel’s postcode.  There is access directly from the car park into the hotel.  What3Words takes you to the carpark entrance ramp.

The nearest train station is Nottingham which is approximately 15 minutes’ walk from the hotel or there are 2 trams heading for the city centre.  Get off at Royal Centre Stop (3 stops from the station).

The nearest airport is East Midlands.  There is a bus service (Sky Link) from the airport to Nottingham.

A full programme will be available in due course but so you can plan your travel times:

  • Wednesday 7th February
    • 8.30 am – Registration. 
    • 9.30 am – Conference commences. 
    • 5.30 pm - close of conference first day. 
    • 7.30 pm – Dinner - prompt.
  • Thursday 8th February:
    • 8.30 am – Registration.  (Please check in even if you attended on day 1). 
    • 9.30 am – Conference commences. 
    • 4.30 pm – Conferences closes – refreshments will be available if required prior to leaving. 

Please note speakers and program timings may be subject to change.  All this information and programme updates will be available on the website.

I would be grateful if you can make your booking promptly so you benefit from the discount available prior to 5th January – places will be issued on a first come, first serve (and paid) basis, and are limited.  

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. 

We very much look forward to seeing as many of you as possible!