Land that is farmed and managed by F. W. Rowe and Sons is entered into the Entry Level Stewardship (ELS) with a mixture of six and four metre buffer strips to protect the hedgerows and watercourses from fertiliser and pesticide applications. Also creates wildlife habitats and corridors around the farms.
Overwintered stubble is also used as it provides an important winter food source for seed-eating birds, which feed on split grain and the seeds of broad-leaved weeds. They are also, a habitat for brown hare, and the spring-grown crops that follow provide habitats for ground-nesting birds, such as skylark.
Less productive field corners have been left to increase the wildlife interest of some arable fields containing, grassland, flowering plants and scrub, which will benefit wildlife including invertebrates, birds, reptiles and amphibians.
With unproductive areas and buffer strips left to encourage wildlife and watercourses protected, the remaining cultivated land is predominantly in large fields but we do not see this as a determent to the environment. The amount of waste fuel, time, fertiliser and sprays that are wasted in small fields means that the energy that is required to produce a given quantity of food can be twice as much than that is produced in a large field. Large machinery steered by satellites and fertiliser that is applied variably by GPS means that what we produce has been produced in the most efficient and environmentally friendly way that is currently possible