Farming is responsible for 9% of the UKs national greenhouse gas emissions and the decisions made by farmers have a large impact on what our carbon footprint looks like. We're doing a number of things to limit our contribution to adding more carbon to the atmosphere and more importantly looking at how we can take it out.
We're taking a fresh new approach to farming as we've seen first hand the issues arising from the status quo and conventional practices and it's time for change.
Trees are an incredible resource for so many reasons, from habitat creation, to carbon storage, to providing food. Yet trees are often overlooked in farming systems for a number of reasons; the most common reason for not planting trees globally? Lack of motivation (CIFOR).
Well, we've got plenty of motivation and we've got plans to plant thousands of trees on our new patch of land over the coming years. And to mark the turn of the decade and to celebrate 2020 and our new venture, we're setting out to plant 2020 trees in the coming year.
Hedgerows extending 500m comprising of 2000+ trees made up of hawthorns, dogwoods, field maples, hazels, crab apples, dog roses, spindles and guelders rose
Woodland comprising of 400+ woodland trees made up of silver birches, rowan, English oak, wild cherry, field maple and grey willows
Alley crops of fruiting trees between the flower and veg growing beds and fruit trees within the open field blocks of wildflowers and grasses
Living fences grown with willow which will form wind breaks and shade shelters across the field
Our focus has been one on celebrating the diversity and variety that's within nature, and building that lost diversity back up again through our growing.
Our new ventures means we're committed to building on the work we did with our previous project Audacious Veg, and scale up our efforts to change farming
Using compostable packaging and offering a returns scheme for us to compost packaging used.
No dig beds. By minimising the disturbance of the soil, we can keep carbon in the soil and not leaching it out into the atmosphere