Products — Greening & EFA's

COUNTRYSIDE STEWARDSHIP SCHEME

Countryside Stewardship provides financial incentives for farmers and land managers to help look after their environment by conserving and restoring wildlife habitats.  Under current plans, agreements will continue to be available in the first few years of the agricultural transition period.  In 2024, the government will be launching the new Environmental Land Management Scheme (ELMS) which will take place of the Countryside Stewardship Scheme.

Green Manure Mixtures

These are becoming more popular all the time as they have 2 very important roles. They add organic matter to the soil and make nitrogen available to the following crop. Typical ingredients used are Red Clover, White Clover, Phacelia, Mustard, Vetch, Rye, Italian Ryegrass and Minerva Maple Peas.

Conservation Stewardship, Greening and EFA's

ECOLOGICAL FOCUS AREAS

For farms over 15 hectares of arable land that are not exempt, must ensure an area equivilent to 5% to be EFA.

An EFA is an area of land on which you can carry out agricultural practices that are beneficial for the climate and environment.  There are seven EFA options that can be used on their own or in combination to meet your EFA requirements.  Fallow land, margins, catch crops, green cover, nitrogen-fixing crops, hedges and agro forestrry.

We produce a lot of these crops ourselves, so, here at W A Church we are well placed to make up a mixture for you.

Direct payments to be replaced by a new Environmental Land Management Scheme (ELMS).  This is a new system of farm support wherey rather than receiving an annual basic payment, farmers will be required to undertake environment work in return for receiving public support.  The new scheme is based on "Public money to deliver public goods".  Where farmers are rewarded to restore and improve the natural environment.

 

 

AB1 Nectar Flower Mixture

Providing areas of flowering plants to boost essential food sources for beneficial pollinators, such as; bumblebees, solitary bees and butterflies.

  • 50% Sainfoin
  • 20% Vetch
  • 12% Red Clover
  • 10% Alsike Clover
  •   5% Birdsfoot Trefoil
  •   2% Black Knapweed
  •   1% Musk Mallow
  • 10kgs per acre/25kgs per hectare 

AB3 Beetle Banks

Provides nesting and foraging habitats for insects (including those that feed on crop pests, bumblebees, small mammals and some farmland birds.

  • 30% Timothy
  • 20% Hard Fescue
  • 15% Cocksfoot
  • 30% Strong Creeping Red Fescue
  •   5% Red Clover
  • 8kgs per acre/20kgs per hectare

 

AB8 - Flower Rich Margins

Flower-rich grass margins provide important habitat and foraging sites for invertebrates (including wild pollinators) and birds.  Supplying an abundant supply of pollen and nectar-rich flowers throughout the summer.

  • 19.5%     Crested Dogstail
  • 19.5%     Meadow Fescue
  •   9.75%   Chewings Fescue
  •   9.75%   Sheeps Fescue
  •   9.75%   Timothy
  •   4.875%  Strong Creeping Red Fescue
  •   4.875%  Browntop Bent
  •   4.875%  Red  Clover
  •   1.950%  Alsike Clover
  •   4.875%  Sainfoin
  •   3.90%    Vetch
  •   4.150%  Birdsfoot Trefoil
  •   0.3%      Knapweed
  •   0.4%      Field Scabious
  •   0.2%      Ox Eye Daisy
  •   0.4%      Self Heal
  •   0.3%      Meadow Buttercup
  •   0.3%      Ladys Bedstraw
  •   0.35%    Ribwort Plantain
  • 8kgs per acre/20kgs per hectare

 

AB9 - Winter Bird Food

Providing an abundant supply of small seeds during the autumn and winter months therefore this mixture provides important food resources for farmland birds particularly at this time of year  This mixture is to be established between the 1st March and 15th July.

  • 30% Triticale
  • 20% Barley
  • 15% Linseed
  • 10% White Millet
  • 10% White Mustard
  •   5% Quinoa
  •   5% Kale
  •   5% Rape
  • 10kgs per acre/25kgs per hectare

AB15 Two Year Sown Legume Fallow

Providing food for farmland wildlife, such as pollen and nectar for pollinators, and invertebrate chick food for farmland birds.  It can also be a useful part of a rotation aimed at reducing blackgrass populations.  To be sown as soon as possible after harvest, ideally before the end of August.

  • 66% Intermediate Perennial Ryegrass
  • 15% Red Clover
  • 12% Vetch
  •   7% Birdsfoot Trefoil
  • 12kgs per acre/30kgs per hectare

GS4 legume and Herb Rich Swards

A vigorous sward with abundant legumes and herbs, suitable for productive cattle and sheep, will also provide habitat and food for invertebrates, including crop pollinators, and improve soil structure and water infiltration.

  • 20%      Meadow Fescue
  • 15%      Timothy
  • 15%      Intermediate Perennial Ryegrass
  • 13%      Late Perennial Ryegrass
  • 10%      Red Clover
  •   7%      Strong Creeping Red Fescue
  •   5%      Lucerne
  •   5%      Smooth Stalked Meadow Grass
  •   4.65% Sainfoin
  •   2%      Birdsfoot Trefoil
  •   1%      Fenugreek
  •   1.6%   Chicory
  •   0.25% Sheeps Burnet
  •   0.15% Ribgrass
  •   0.15% Yarrow
  •   0.2%   Sheeps Parsley
  • 10kgs per acre/25kgs per hectare

• Nitrogen fixing cover crop with the ability to root through compacted soils improving structure.