We choose to manage approximately 12% of our land to support greater biodiversity and improve natural habitats. In the last three years we have planted 24,000 hedge plants which act as wildlife corridors to support a wide range of birds, mammals as well as insects and plants, increasing the total across the farm to 136 miles. We have restored 34 ponds, supporting an important ecosystem and planted more than 100,000 trees to help remove atmospheric carbon as they grow and store it.
Part of our land is managed as part of the Higher-Level Countryside Stewardship Scheme supporting some of the UK’s rarest species of birds and maintaining habitats as well as sites of special scientific interest (SSSI). The water meadows alongside the River Dee and its tributaries form some of the best low-lying wetlands in the country.