In order to accommodate this increased grazing burden we are considering reverting/rotating some of the remaining arable land into herbal leys, which will provide over winter forage to fatten lambs and calves as well as providing increased carbon sequestration. This process should also stabilise and improve the arable soil.
We are also keen to carry on with improvements to the various copses planted by Donald Hicks in the 1950’s, these are now mature and provide a wonderful natural resource for wildlife. However, to maintain their longevity they need thinning and a programme of successional planting of both new trees and under storey is essential to maintain their wildlife and landscape value.
There is a lot to do and we are looking forward with enthusiasm and hope that we will continue to produce food with care and love for both our animals and our beautiful piece of England.