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Environment

Environmental Policy

Looking after our environment is a priority – not only do we live and work here, it makes good business sense too!

Hugh Lowe Farms is a member of LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming), an organization which encourages responsible farming practices and measures our performance against key criteria.

We have a Whole Farm Environmental Plan, encompassing conservation, waste management, water management, recycling, energy efficiency and crop protection policies. Our tunnels are managed sensitively, and we plant and maintain windbreaks and hedges as screens within the landscape. We have been helped by advisors from FWAG (Farming and Wildlife Action Group www.fwag.org.uk) to draw up these targets. Everybody working here has learnt about the importance of environmental considerations in the production of soft fruit and we are keen to involve them in everything they do.

One key aspect is the monitoring of 'indicator species' around the farm. We have identified key birds, mammals, insects and plants and by recording their incidence we will see if their numbers are increasing year on year. Examples are skylarks, hares, beneficial insects such as predatory spider mites, hoverflies and ladybirds, and orchids.

Hugh Lowe Farms Ltd is committed to managing land and producing food in an environmentally responsible manner, compliant with all regulatory and legislative requirements.

Our policy is to:

 

 

 

Biodiversity

We are indebted to the RSPB Farmer - Volunteer Alliance project for helping with the bird surveys over many years. www.rspb.org.

Some of the birds recently found on the farm

  • Barn Owl
  • Blackbird
  • Blackcap
  • Blue Tit
  • Bullfinch
  • Buzzard
  • Canada Goose
  • Carrion Crow
  • Chaffinch
  • Chiffchaff
  • Coal Tit
  • Collared Dove
  • Dunnock
  • Fieldfare
  • Goldfinch
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker
  • Green Woodpecker
  • Great Tit
  • Greenfinch
  • Grey Wagtail
  • Greylag Goose
  • House Martin
  • Jay
  • Kestrel
  • Lapwing
  • Linnet
  • Little Owl
  • Long-tailed Tit
  • Magpie
  • Mallard
  • Mistle Thrush
  • Pied Wagtail
  • Reed Warbler
  • Robin
  • Skylark
  • Song Thrush
  • Starling
  • Stock Dove
  • Swallow
  • Swift
  • Woodpigeon
  • Wren
  • Yellowhammer

 

 

Polytunnels

Tunnels are essential for our farming business. We have been using tunnels for over 20 years to:

To continue our long established soft fruit farming business we need to continue using polytunnels.

We can demonstrate that

Tunnels give sustainable benefits to the local and national economy:

Tunnels also have a positive effect on the environment by:

This is a balanced farm: over 75% of the land is either:

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