Since Chris and Jenny’s return to Elms Farm in 2003, after the untimely passing of Chris’s father, they have continued the long standing conservation attitude instilled by the Brown family. They have planted, in excess of 40,000 trees, reinstated over a mile of hedging previously lost to intensive farming and concentrated on habitat management to benefit the existing wildlife population and encourage new species.
It is key that all the activities here at Elms Farm have a strong interrelationship with each other, the local community and its surroundings. In addition to the above the farm installed a bio mass log boiler in 2012, which now provides heat and hot water to the farm.
Our hedgerow management plan has ensured the survival of our hedgerow species by employing traditional methods of maintenance, such as cutting and laying. Please see our events page for hedge laying courses we will be running this autumn.
The farm’s field rotation has now changed from intensive non profitable arable, and we are striving to achieve a 6 year rotation, comprising 4 years grass followed by pigs, 1 years wheat utilising the straw for the animals and the corn for our poultry. The final year being barley utilising the straw and the barley for feed for the animals. Fodder crops such as stubble turnips are planted straight after barley to provide over winter feed for sheep, cattle and pigs, then returning to grass to start the rotation again. We believe this is a sustainable approach to utilising the land available. Each field has either a grassland or wildlife margin throughout the rotation.