Sally McColl, Ecological Consultant, assessing a pollen nectar strip for her JFP environment plan
A new farming model known as the Jordans Farm Partnership has been created. This
is a unique partnership between the Wildlife Trusts, Jordans, Linking Environment and Farming (LEAF), and the Prince’s Countryside Fund, which will aim to promote wildlife-friendly farming.
Jordans get grain from 42 arable farms, three of which are in Norfolk. Under the new partnership, each farm will be working with an advisor from their local wildlife trust to compile a unique farm environment plan to complement the arable production on the farm.
In Norfolk our ecological consultancy, Norfolk Wildlife Services, will act as the advisor on behalf of Norfolk Wildlife Trust. Sally McColl, ecological consultant, will be working with the three farmers to write and implement the environment plan for each site, advising on wildlife enhancements to their farms and assisting with Countryside Stewardship Scheme applications. Each plan will ensure that a tenth of the farm is used to support nature. This includes growing crops to provide food for farmland birds, and pollen and nectar for butterflies, bees and other pollinating insects, to create wildlife corridors around the farm and to have well-managed hedgerows and water courses.
Tony Juniper, the President of The Wildlife Trust welcomed the new partnership, commenting: “The Jordan’s Farm Partnership could not be more welcome. Finding ways to tread the common ground that already exists can help forge a new path toward more enlightened practices. That, in turn, will bring benefits right across the board, including for the farmers who are in a powerful position to make a huge positive difference.”
This new scheme is being trialled on five farms and will be rolled out across the other 37 farms over the next two years. Part of the scheme will involve field trials and knowledge sharing as well as help with implementing the farm environment plans.
Together the farms within the partnership manage over 44,500 acres of land, so once fully up and running, that will make at least 4,450 acres of land that will help wildlife.