We believe that as farmers we have a responsibility to protect our environment. Grazing management has been shown to have a pivotal role in plant and insect biodiversity – both of which are under increasing pressure. In the UK, studies of wild species of plant and insect have shown that farming is having a greater impact than climate change.
Treetops Farm practises a biodiversity sensitive grazing strategy in order to positively impact the local environment and encourage wildlife. Our stocking densities are low, and animals are moved routinely particularly during the Summer months, which gives wild plants the opportunity to flower. Additionally we take care to layer our hedgerows – a labour intensive, skilled manual process – providing a much needed and increasingly scarce habitat for wildlife. We plant trees, deliberately leave log piles for insects, and create nesting spaces for bats and barn owls.
As well as considering the immediate environment, farming can have a much wider impact on our global climate. The production and shipment of bought in animal feed, chemical fertilisers and pesticides necessitates the burning of fossil fuels. By keeping animals outdoors on pasture, we massively reduce the need for cereal based feed (and for our cattle and sheep eliminate it). Additionally such a system allows our animals to naturally fertilise the land they graze, tractor work is kept to a minimum, and weeds are controlled through rotational grazing.