Caring for the land
Our farms beneﬁt from wide ﬁeld margins, well-maintained hedgerows, woodland water courses and careful planting of new trees and hedging, all of which encourage greater biodiversity across our estate.
Many of the margins and ‘corners’ of our fields are not cultivated but instead planted with speciﬁc bird-friendly mixes or wild flower plants in order to encourage insects, particularly bees. The grand scale of our orchards gives us much more freedom to create space for wildlife and utilise it in a more effective manner. We work with specialist advisers to ensure that our farms are doing as much as they can to enhance biodiversity and preserve the landscape character of this beautiful part of England.
Our farms are dotted with historic copses which require careful management in difficult times.
We are always trying to stay one step ahead of the threat of disease, and for example, we have recently been renewing and replanting as a result of ash dieback, replacing fading trees with more robust species that appear to have a better long-term future. The extra light that this allows in is of welcome benefit, and we are also seeing plenty of natural renewal that is now taking place in harmony with the helping hand that we are giving to the woodland.
HEALTH & SAFETY
Health and safety is paramount to us. Whether it’s for those who work on the estate, visit our farms, live in our properties or simply walk the footpaths and bridleways that criss-cross the Estates.