Conservation

Conservation of the natural environment is one of the principal objectives of the trust and we approach it with enthusiasm and dedication. The majority of the farmland has qualified under the government’s Environmental Stewardship scheme for Higher Level Wild FlowersStewardship (HLS). Under the advice of Natural England, a careful grazing regime has been implemented to encourage the fauna in the meadows and along the riverbank. Stock is rotated out of species rich fields whilst plants flower and set seed to ensure propagation.

Scrub management is also very important aspect of the stewardship with an annual programme to limit scrub such as gorse and blackthorn encroaching on the grassland. This is important, because once scrub has established it prevents stock from grazing and providing the right conditions for wild flowers to blossom.