Bedfordia Farms respect the environment and understand the impact of farming, hence making every effort to consider this in all of the work conducted.
Due to this Bedfordia Farms are heavily involved in Natural Englands Environmental Stewardship Schemes to enhance and conserve English landscapes, their wildlife, which in turns allows the local community to enjoy them.
Environmental Stewardship is an agri-environment scheme that provides funding to farmers and other land managers in England to deliver effective environmental management on land.
Bedfordia have implemented Entry Level Scheme (ELS) in order to protect and enhance the natural environment and have also joined the higher level scheme (HLS) across the whole estate.
In total here are 71ha’s of environmental margins across the farm, each margin is a minimum of 6m wide, this therefore represents a total length of 118km or 74 miles of grass margins and buffer strips.
Benefits of margins:
- Grass margins protect hedgerows from close ploughing, fertiliser enrichment and spray drift. They also provide a diverse habitat for wildlife, including many beneficial insects such as bees and beetles.
- Typically the grass margins consist of species such as timothy, Crested Dogstail, Creeping red fescue, Sheeps fescue, Yarrow & Ox eye daisy.
Before joining the ELS and HLS schemes Bedfordia were members of the Countryside Stewardship Scheme, Bedfordia have also planted and restored 7023 metres of hedges and planted 1000 trees in recent years.
As part of maintaining a sustainable environment Bedfordia focuses on long term gains as well as short term gains, this includes; Maintaining hedgerows, Keeping the highest levels of animal welfare, Reducing waste, Recycling, Lowered compaction and Monitored use of fuels (energy, fertilisers etc).