We are committed to managing our farmland responsibly and producing food in an environmentally sustainable way.
Every season, we are independently audited and monitored to make sure we continue to meet the high standards required by each of these food and environmental standard schemes.
Each year, we try to minimise and reduce our use of chemical pesticide application and release natural predators (such as Amblysieus cucumeris) on the crop. Our drip irrigation method is used to maximise nutrient uptake by the plants and minimise residues left in the soil.
All of our tunnel and bed polythene is recycled.
In terms of improving the natural habitat on the farm, we undertook 2 acres of mixed broadleaf tree planting in 2016 alone, with planting to be continued in Autumn 2017 and have worked in partnership with the Forestry Commission to create a Woodland Management plan to ensure that our wooded areas provide maximum benefit to the local flora and fauna.
We are part of Operation Bumblebee and currently have 2 fields which are sown with a special ‘beemix’ which contains clover and other native plants which help to attract and nourish bees. We also maintain all of the hedgerows on the farm which create vitally important habitats for ‘wild’ bees. There are 20 hives of honey bees on the farm which are maintained by a local bee keeper.
In addition, 30 species of birds were observed on our land by RSPB volunteers in 2016.