We are into the 6th Year of a Higher Level Stewardship Scheme (HLS) which runs for ten years. Old Parsonage Farm is managed with organic principles and no pesticides are applied to the land. The HLS scheme is an agreement with Natural England who
The grants fund many of the conservation projects on the farmland such as:
- Planting and guarding parkland trees.
- Re-instating hedgerows and Devon hedge banks.
- Laying hedgerows traditionally by hand rather than
- Creating stubble fields allowing the fields to be fallow over the winter months with arable weeds.
The grants have enabled us to re-instate the hedgerows by way of hedge planting to connect with existing mature hedgerows and create wildlife corridors.
Rotational stubble fields and field margins have been retained and remain fallow over the winter months. The arable weeds and their seeds provide
Since 2016 we have been regularly surveying the stubble fields for farmland birds. During this time we have recorded large flocks of chaffinch and redwings; on
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