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Rush Farm is a beautiful 150 acre mixed family run farm which includes 22 acres of woodland. It is biodynamic Demeter and organic Soil Association certified. Organic agriculture creates humus rich soil that locks up carbon dioxide, encourages wildlife and is a low input highly sustainable agricultural method.
While only some 25 acres of the farm is classified as permanent pasture, working to a nine year rotation pattern, all but 20 acres or so of the rest is a rich clover, herb and grass mix. This provides sufficient grass for our flock of Lleyn sheep and herd of Traditional Hereford cattle to graze on. It is also cut to make hay or haylage which is then fed to the cattle during the winter. Cereal crops are grown as part of the rotation to provide straw bedding for the cattle during the winter while the sale of the grain provides some welcome income.
Rich in wildlife and birdlife, we are working within the Higher Level Stewardship (HLS) scheme to encourage lapwings and curlews through the creation of suitable habitats including three scrapes. Last spring we were very excited to see three curlews on the farm and this year there have been at least three pairs of nesting lapwings. Grassland management hopes to encourage Linnets, Whitethroat, Skylarks, Corn Bunting and Barn Owls.
HLS is an element of the Environmental Stewardship (ES).
The aims of HLS are:
- Wildlife Conservation
- Maintenance and enhancement of landscape quality and character
- Natural resource protection
- Protection of the historic environment
- Promotion of public access and understanding of the countryside
Key aspects of the scheme include support for hedgerows. These provide shelter and food for many species of farmland birds, insects and mammals and also provide important corridors for wildlife movement across the farmed landscape.
To enhance the arable aspects of arable farming a strip of a corn field is left un-harvested and the whole field is left as stubble until the spring providing food and cover for bird and animal life.
Some fields are left as rough grassland to encourage insect and birdlife.
The brown hare is an animal of the open country and is encouraged at Rush Farm by providing cover for them where they can hide. Hares are regularly spotted around the farm, particularly at dusk.
The wood has been brought back under management with a grant from the Forestry Commission and a permissive walk has been cleared. Every spring sees the wood carpeted in primoses, followed by bluebells and wild garlic.
“Rush Farm is a fantastic biodynamic example, their commitment to the environment is exemplorary. It was an inspirational visit and I felt like I learnt alot. A great day.”
” Wonderfully informative, inspiring – what every worthwhile company should do.”
taken from farm educational visit evaluation forms