UK Regional Branches

See below for details of our four Regional Branches:
  • East Anglia
  • North of England
  • Scotland
  • South West
  • London & South East.

Click here to see a map and list of counties in each region. See also reports of branch events.

East Anglia

The branch aims to strengthen experience-sharing, networking, knowledge exchange and interaction between TAA members in the East of England, as well as fostering links with regional research and training institutions that have links with overseas agriculture and development.

Events and activities include:

  • Seminars and Discussion Groups. These focus on topical issues of the day, with adequate time for interaction.

  • Round-table Sessions. These are informal full day events at a local hostelry, enabling members and their friends to visit, interact over lunch, discuss common issues and present brief papers.

  • Visits to Places of Interest. Venues are related to agriculture, preferably with relevance to tropical or sub-tropical farming.

  • Symposia & Seminars, hosted by, or jointly with, regional institutes.
    - Membership by TAA of the Cambridge Conservation Forum (CCF) provides opportunities for TAA members to attend a wide range of environment and conservation-related events, within East Anglia and beyond.
    - Writtle College has jointly hosted events with TAA.
    - The John Innes Centre and University of East Anglia in Norwich, National Soil Resources Institute at Cranfield, 
    - Partners in Cambridge have have co-hosted events with TAA (Centre for Global Equality, the World Conservation Monitoring Centre, CambPlants Hub, NIAB and the University Global Food Security initiative).
     
  • Circulation of news and events in the region. This is facilitated by our links with CCF, Royal Society of Biology and other regional organisations. Membership of the CCF has also proved valuable in linking with other East Anglia organisations. TAA reciprocal membership of the Centre for Global Equality offers useful links and networking.

  • Joint events with TAA London/South East. Seminars aimed at involving the wider members in London and the south-east of England.

To join the East Anglia Branch, simply contact our Coordinator: eastanglia_convenor@taa.org.uk  


North of England

The branch aims to strengthen experience-sharing, networking, knowledge exchange and interaction between TAA members in the North of England, as well as fostering links with research and training institutions active in overseas agriculture and development. The branch liaises closely with the Scotland Branch.

Events are arranged approximately twice per year. These are normally organised as informal symposia which focus on topical issues with adequate time for interaction amongst participants.

In order to promote wider networking and also to attract potential new recruits to TAA, events are often arranged jointly with a research/training institution within the region. Recently this has included Newcastle University, Edinburgh University, SCRI (Dundee) and the Institute of Aquaculture (Stirling).

Our membership is widely spread and we therefore aim to rotate meetings around the region.

To join the North of England Branch, contact our Coordinator: NorthernEngland_convenor@taa.org.uk.
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Scotland

The Scotland Branch is being established, more details will follow soon. Please refer to the Facebook Group www.facebook.com/groups/TAA.Scotland

To join the Scotland Branch, please contact our coordinator: Scotland_convenor@taa.org.uk

South West

The branch includes the area from Gloucestershire and west Hampshire through Somerset, Wiltshire, Devon and Cornwall to Lands End. Within the area there is a good mix of working and retired members with a continuing and active interest in all aspects of agriculture for development.
 
Seminars and field days are arranged around the Region and subjects for examination and discussion are chosen by the committee acting upon members' suggestions and their own view of what is most opportune in relation to expected need. The Group enjoys and encourages linkage with academic institutions in the area e.g., the Royal Agricultural College at Cirencester, Bicton College in Devon and Bridgewater College at Cannington Centre, the Eden Project, Lackham College and others when opportunities of joint interest arise. In Devon the Group has very active collaboration with the Bicton Overseas Agricultural Trust which provides high quality and appropriate training for key personnel from developing countries. The Group seeks to involve students in seminars whenever possible.
 
The Branch is unique in having its own AGM, held at the Exeter Golf and Country Club early in January, and combining it with three short presentations of topical interest, a good luncheon followed by a keynote address. Usually well attended, it is the opportunity for members to provide the committee with their views on seminar subjects, etc. The Chairman of the Branch Committee is John Wibberley. 

In addition to the AGM usually four subject seminars and field days are held during the year and publicity for these and arranging the events and registration is handled by the seminar organiser and the group convenor.
 
Joining the South West Branch is easy. Contact our Coordinator:
southwest_organiser@taa.org.uk (Tel: 01761 470455  or 01258 820245).

London & South East

This branch covers London, the Home Counties and the South East of England. Most events, take place in or around London, including the regular APPG meetings at the Houses of Parliament. TAA is an organisational member of the Royal Society of Biology (read more) which holds meetings in London and invites TAA members.

The Branch has introduced the ‘London Curry Club Talks’, to be held over lunchtime on the last Thursday of alternate months, commencing August 2014. For 2015, these will be February 26th; April 30th; June 25th; August 27th; October 29th; December tba.

The intention is to use the rich talent and experience we have in our own membership as the foundation of this programme, supplemented by interesting outside speakers. These gatherings provide an opportunity for informal discussion, focused around a talk by a TAA member, followed by a curry lunch.

The venue for these events is the Hotel Strand Continental, 143 Strand, London WC2R 1JA, commencing at 11.30. The Strand Hotel was formerly the India Club, initiated by the first Indian High Commissioner to London. The venue is very well located, has character, the food is authentic and the price is right! The meeting room can take approximately 30 people, and there is an adjoining bar/café. The upstairs dining room can take 60+.

Members who are interested in knowing more or getting involved in TAA London & SE activities, please contact our Coordinator: southeast_convenor@taa.org.uk.