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The Farm and the Environment

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The Estate farms over 1200 acres in hand as well as a contract farming operation and strives to maximise returns whilst employing modern conservation techniques.

The Farm is the heart of the Estate and has been managed in hand for over 100 years.  The farm practice involves Conservation Farming, which incorporates a long term holistic approach to farming. This utilises conservation principals in the crop production to improve return whilst enhancing and safeguarding the environment for the future.  Currently the farm grows Oilseed Rape for oil production, Winter and Spring Barley for feed and malting, and Winter Wheat for bread making.

Crop establishment is completed by non-inversion tillage, which when combined with the overwintered stubbles has limited the spread of weeds, especially black grass, whilst improving soil structure. This in turn has ensured a reduction in chemical and fertiliser applications. We also run our own environmental management programme icluding fallow land, focussing on local species. The overall result has been a dramatic increase in yields and also an increase in biodiversity across the spectrum of farm species.

The Estate has formed close links with LEAF, and the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust.  Using best practice developed at their Loddington research centre, it has a number of measures in place to help increase the species diversity in a relatively urban part of rural Britain.