The partners of Dennington Hall Farms appreciate wildlife and both the farms – and the wildlife – benefit from membership of the Entry-Level Scheme; Higher-Level Scheme; Environmentally-Sensitive Areas, Woodland grant schemes and LEAF Marque.
As part of our commitment to conservation and the environment, we have created the Dennington Hall Farms Environmental Policy and Objectives which are set out below. We look forward to continue working with our suppliers and contractors to keep Dennington Hall Farms a beautiful, environmentally committed farm.
Dennington Hall Farms Environmental Objectives
To link environmental best practice with improved economic performance.
To improve the quality of the farmed countryside for wildlife.
To increase public enjoyment and understanding of the countryside, its history, landscape, wildlife, culture and agriculture.
To maintain and enhance and characteristic landscape features and to restore characteristic landscape features appropriate to the local area.
To improve public access routes, links, and areas where their need has been identified.
To conserve soils and to maintain and restore their healthy functions in line with the objectives of the Defra Soils Action Plan and future Soil Strategy.
To contribute to the conservation of traditional and locally distinctive breeds of farm animals and varieties of fruit tree where their conservation also contributes to the primary objectives of the HLS.
Dennington Hall Farms Environmental Policy
To continue to adopt the principles of Integrated Farm Management (IFM) to increase biodiversity levels, and mitigate the effects of agricultural production on the environment.
To use the LEAF audit, alongside energy, carbon and water auditing tools, as a method of reviewing and assessing the farms environmental performance
To continue to use precision farming techniques to maximise fertiliser efficiency, ensuring that only as much as necessary and as little as possible is applied
To explore the use of biological pest control techniques where their use could be used to reduce the use of artificial pesticides on the farm
To maintain and improve soil structure by using min-till cultivation techniques and maintaining organic matter levels by the incorporation of crop residues (where appropriate)
To continue to communicate to all farm staff what key species and habitats exist on the holding and what they can do to maintain and enhance them (eg. avoiding driving on field margins to prevent disturbance to nesting bird species)
To meet all regulatory and legislative requirements including those that pertain to the protection and enhancement of water, soil and air
To reduce the total amount of waste produced on the farm and ensure that every recycling opportunity is fully exploited.
To reduce energy use through proper purchasing decisions.