Working with nature

Working with nature is of genuine importance to our farming business.

In 2009 we were invited into an Environmental Stewardship scheme, known as Higher Level Stewardship, an agri-environment scheme which focuses on the effective environmental management of land.

We use as many cover crops as we can under our HLS scheme with floristically enhanced margins (see Gallery below). Cover crops are otherwise known as ‘green manures’  – grown to eventually plough back in to increase the amount of organic matter in the soil to both improve soil fertility and reduce our reliance on artificial fertilisers.

We farm in the water catchment area for the River Coquet. David Park sits on the Catchment Sensitive Farming Steering Group. The aim is to reduce the risk of diffuse pollution and surface run-off.

In 2015 we joined LEAF. Being LEAF Marque certified underlines our commitment to high standards of food production.

Proud supporters of LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) and their work to deliver more sustainable farming practices.
Proud supporters of LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) and their work to deliver more sustainable farming practices.

Gallery

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Ox-eyed daisy

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Cover crop - Vetch
Cover crop – Vetch
A local beekeeper has a number of hives on the farm
A local beekeeper has a number of hives on the farm

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