Farming & Environment

Farming & Environment

We are a family business that has been caring for and cultivating the land for many generations.

Essex is proudly part of the 'grain basket' of the UK, where farming is predominately arable, although we do have a suckler herd (beef) and pedigree sheep on grassland areas. We adopt a crop rotation that mixes Winter and Spring drilling  to include crops such as Wheat, Barley, Oilseed Rape, Beans and Sugar Beet.

 Our Feed Wheat can be exported from Tilbury or Erith docks based in Essex to anywhere in the world, whilst our Milling Wheat can be sent to British millers for bread or biscuit making.

Where the land is lighter, we grow Feed Barley. Our Malting Barley can be used for beer or even whisky.

Oilseed Rape is harvested in the late summer and the crushed seeds release oil that is used in numerous foods as well as bio-fuels.

Our Sugar Beet is lifted out of the ground late Autumn to Christmas and is sent to British Sugar's factory.

For decades, we have planted 'Cricket Bat' willow, as part of our woodland management plan. Typically grown for 15-20 years in wet areas and along the sides of streams as willows love water. The trunks are cut into sections and eventually made into cricket bats. and used to make winning runs on cricket pitches around the world from Lord's to Melbourne Cricket Ground to Eden Gardens. Howzat!

Farm Conservation & Enivronment

With the demise of compulsory set-aside, the farm has choosen to maintain a diverse habitat through joining a series of environmental schemes such as ELS and HLS as well as working with Natural England and the Campaign for Farmed Environment. For example, fields now have a six-meter margin between the hedge and the crop. Cover strips are planted to provide food for game birds and insects.

No hedge cutting takes place from end of February until beginning of August to allow nesting birds. 

 

Saling Grove- Natural England