Conservation

The farm has been entered into Entry Level Stewardsship (ELS) and Higher Level Stewardship (HLS) schemes since 2009 offering improved environmental features across The Estate.  It is also accredited by LEAF (Linking Education and Farming) which promotes sustainable agriculture, farming and food.

Pollinators play a vital role on the farm, there are 30 bee hives situated around the estate along with 20 acres of pollen and nectar mix to provide food and habitat for various insect species.  25 acres of wild bird seed margins provide both summer and winter food for farmland birds, lapwing plots are also situated in some of the arable fields.  Where building work has taken place trees are planted to offset the visual and environmental impact.  Where habitats have been lost in the case of old buildings being renovated, owl and bats boxes are put up to replace them.  The Estate has in excess of 42km of hedges and 1,300m of dry stone walling.

Water quality is protected by ensuring there are 6 meter grass buffer strips alongside all watercourses and ditches.  These grass margins also provide habitat for natural predators such as ground beetles. Cover crops are planted on some of the light land over winter to prevent nutrient leaching and field drains are maintained to prevent waterlogging.