For that reason we're organic, which means we don't use any artificial fertilisers, pesticides or herbicides. Instead we're a big believer in diversity. We have long rotations that alternate between fertility building crops such as clover and lucerne (alfalfa) that are great forage for the animals, and combinable cereals. We're constantly trialling different crops and techniques to improve soil health. For example our multi species herbal leys provide lots of different rooting systems for the soil, medicinal benefits for the animals and multiple nectar sources for pollinators, including honey bees from our hives.
We're a designated Cambridgeshire County Wildlife Site due to the variety of habitats on the estate, including woodland, species-rich grassland, veteran trees and open water. Because of this and the historical features of the land we are in Natural England's Higher Level Stewardship environmental scheme. This helps us preserve important historical features as well as plant field margins and other areas with food and cover for wild birds and insects.