Environmental Stewardship

The owners see agricultural productivity as intrinsically linked to good environmental stewardship and have worked hard over the last ten years to improve soil structure, protect watercourses and encourage diversity in wildlife.

Buffer strips, field margins, hedgerow management and wild bird cover form the basis of a ten year Higher Level Stewardship agreement but beyond this the estate is pro-active in experimenting with new techniques to safeguard both the environment and the natural resources of the land.

We have installed sediment traps and beetle banks to prevent run-off and carefully plan crop rotation to include spring planted cereals and over-winter green cover crops. By varying cultivation techniques to suit land type and soil conditions we can minimise soil compaction and improve natural drainage through the addition of organic material. We were also an early adopter of SOYL precision farming, employing ground-truthing and satellite technology to deliver variable rates of seed and fertiliser - which has resulted in significant yield performance and input savings.

The careful management of landscape and woodland features along with good vermin control and crop rotation has also seen impressive results in encouraging ‘under threat’ wildlife species and the estate now boasts good numbers of bunting, lapwing, skylark, tree sparrow, brown hare, barn owl and kingfisher.

SSSI - The estate is fortunate to have part of Rush Meadow SSSI within its boundaries. This ancient wet woodland and meadowland runs along a small tributary of the river Wensum. It is a breeding ground for Snipe, Lapwing, Sedge Warbler and Reed Warbler as well as many notable plant species including Water Dropwort, Narrow-leaved Water Parsnip, Blunt-flowered Rush, Southern Marsh Orchid, Marsh Valerian, Marsh Cinquefoil and Lesser Spearwort.

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