In Cheshire, on Bickley Hall Farm, I looked into ‘future farming’ – a farming system using low levels of pesticides, with cows, kept naturally on permanent pastures. This was benefitting not only the cows, but the local wildlife too and involved the local community.
Richard Gardner, from Cheshire Wildlife Trust talked to me about the farm where the conservation herd live. They manage 350 hectares of meadow and pasture – creating the right mix of habitats. Richard also discussed this natural way to farm with other farmers and landowners.
Managing livestock in this low input way – means there is no need for artificial fertilisers, and birds and mammals thrive in the area. Richard said: “think about where your food has come from”.
The land, and the cows, were managed sympathetically at Bickley Hall Farm. Long may it continue.