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Cousins working together on our family owned farm with the aim of running a commercial modern farm producing high yielding, high standard crops while maximising wildlife diversity. Brian is said to be the farmer and conservationist, whereas Patrick is a conservationist and farmer. This mix has given a new direction for the farm, building upon the work that our fathers and grandfather has done to improve the overall success of the farm business. The farm has gone from strength to strength with the farm being recognised at a national level winning the coveted National FWAG’s Silver Lapwing Award for farming and conservation in 2009 and then Patrick and Brian were named Countryside Farmer of the Year by the Farmers Weekly in 2010.

Friday, 15 June 2012

Stop the mower and things appear!

We have pulled back the old school idea that a tidy mown grass drive makes for a welcoming sight on to the farm.
Patrick was really keen to stop the mower from cutting the long drive at Lodge Farm and let the wild flowers establish and use this as a statement of our new wildlife minded approach. In the last couple of years we have seen Black Knapweed and Ox-eyed Daisy's numbers increase no end adding to the Cowslips and Clover which was there but struggling to survive on the drive.

On Wednesday on his walk back to work Patrick discovered something that we had never seen on the farm and this is all due to the change in mentality allowing flowers to actually flower!...........


Our first Bee Orchid to add to the list of Pyramid Orchid and Common Spotted Orchid which we knew we had already.

A nice surprise. BWB

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