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England: Farm Visits in October & November

Book a free tour of Strickley Farm, Cannerheugh Farm or Papley Grove Farm. 

Following our Nature Means Business conference, our NFFN steering group members will be hosting farm visits across the UK. This is a great opportunity to see farming with nature in action and these tours will provide an insight into how nature can positively impact business, through reduced inputs and improved natural capital. This is also a chance to meet other like-minded nature-friendly farmers!

Farm visits are free and spaces are limited. Book your place on any of the below farm visits by emailing Alison – alison.rickett@nffn.org.uk. Name, email address and phone number will be required to book.

England Farm Tour Schedule

Strickley Farm, Cumbria – 9.30am – 1pm, 22nd October

Strickley Farm is a 145-year-old farm in Cumbria, southeast of Kendal. As an organic dairy farm, they have 300 acres made up of pastures and meadows, woodland and a pond, with some areas kept as wildlife habitats. Fields range in size from about an acre to ten acres, divided by hedges and dry stone walls.

James’ approach to supporting nature includes planting trees, leaving areas of grassland ungrazed, maintaining sensitive hedgerow management through a hedgelaying rotation every 20-25 years, and fencing off watercourses to improve water quality, so there is less silt and soil from his cattle on the banks.

Includes a light lunch.

Cannerheugh Farm, Cumbria – 10.30am – 1.30pm, 21st October

Cannerheugh Farm sits on the side of the Pennines overlooking the Lake District Fells. They rear pasture-fed cows, sheep, pigs and hens through regenerative farming approaches. Their farm business also includes glamping and accommodation. Through working with the Woodland Trust, Nic and Paul have adopted agroforestry, planting trees to produce more shelterbelts.

Includes a light lunch.

Papley Grove Farm, Cambridgeshire – 10.00pm – 1.00pm, 7th November

Come and visit the farm of NFFN’s UK Chair, Martin Lines. Papley Grove is an arable farm that grows mainly winter cereals of just over 400 acres. They also rent land and have contract farm agreements to bring the farm area up to 900 acres.  The farm is centred on an old farmstead, which dates back to at least the 11th Century. For over 10 years, Papley Grove was in the old Countryside Stewardship Scheme to try to improve the natural habitat for wildlife on the farm.  They restored many of the hedges around the fields which had previously been removed and established grass strips alongside hedges and ditches, and along field boundaries. Over this time, they saw a significant increase in wildlife, both flora and fauna. The RSPB undertook several surveys which identified the wide range of species found on the farm, including birds of high conservation concern such as turtle doves, yellow wagtails and corn buntings.