Farm Visit – Papley Grove Farm, Cambridgeshire
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!
All farm visits are free and spaces are limited. Book your place on any of the below farm visits by emailing Alison – firstname.lastname@example.org. Name, email address and phone number will be required to book.
Papley Grove Farm, Cambridgeshire – 10.00pm – 1.00pm, 14th 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 1400 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.
Papley Grove Farmhouse, St Ives Rd, Eltisley, Saint Neots, UK