The Conant Farming Company takes pride in its
commitment to wildlife, conservation and the environment. A number of our farms
are LEAF members: Linking Environment and Farming (LEAF) is the UK's leading
organisation promoting sustainable food and farming with high environmental
standards. CFCO is fully conversant with both ELS and HLS and all of our
contract farms are subject to Natural England's Entry Level (ELS) Scheme and
two farms are in the Higher Level Stewardship (HLS) Scheme.
One or two metre margins exist round all fields
and receive no chemical or fertilizer at all. These buffer margins are only
mowed one in three years and out of the nesting season. Nest boxes for owls and
other farmland birds are strategically placed around the holdings.
Conant Farming has planted tens of thousands of
trees under various Farm Woodland Planting Schemes, creating new woodlands as
well as planting roadside trees and shelterbelts.
We have also planted miles of new hedges as well
as re-planting and gapping up the old hedges. The internal field hedges are
only cut every third year and out of the nesting season.
Alternative Energy Schemes
On top of our
wildlife responsibilities we also care for the environment and are always
looking at ways for the businesses to operate in an environmentally way.
We have two photovoltaic systems, one of 50kw and
the other 30kw on our own farms which were installed in 2012 and 2013. We also
have a ground source heat pump system supplying heat and hot water to three