I value the balance of nature that helps us in our farming and have tailored the government’s entry and higher level stewardship schemes to provide structure to our environmental approach.
Our efforts have been rewarded with several awards but more importantly scientific studies showing that our orchard called Banky has vast species diversity, even more than organic orchards in the same study.
The main aspects of our schemes are:
I have been less successful at establishing pollen & nectar plots, discovering clover to be more effective and have also found that red tape and our rural location have reduced demand for widespread educational access.
Not everything conveniently fits into an administrator’s tick box and we are continually striving to find easy solutions to create biodiversity on our farm.
To give you an idea, we try to:
It is important that we boost our environmental credentials with the recycling of farm / packaging, waste materials, use of spray washings bio beds and continual review of our inputs.