We are delighted to announce the launch of the Jordans Farm Partnership, a unique collaboration of Jordans farmers, the Wildlife Trusts, Linking Environment and Farming and the Prince’s Countryside Fund. This is the first time these organisations have worked together and brings together an innovative blend of expertise to benefit the British countryside.
The scheme is being trialled on five pilot farms, click here to find out more about them (link to Good Food Commitment). Later this year the scheme will be rolled out across all 42 Jordans farms to create nature-friendly corridors that would reach from Land’s End to John O’Groats. Each farm will work with a dedicated wildlife advisor to put together a unique plan for their farm, using 10% of their land to support wildlife. That’s a total of 44,500 acres across the UK, helping create wildlife corridors and hedge way highways to help wildlife move safely.
Read all about our pilot farmers here
Stephen and his father have been farming in Suffolk for several decades, their farm is home to wildlife like brown hares, several species of owls and rare butterflies. Stephen has been growing oats for Jordans for many years and he works with the Suffolk Wildlife Trust to create areas where wildlife like barn owls can thrive. Stephen has school groups which visit the farm to learn about farming and wildlife. Stephen’s #signofsummer is seeing swallows in the early morning.
Nick has been farming oats for Jordans for several years and has been working hard to help rare breeds like lapwings and stone curlew. Nick says; “I like the little moments that happen every so often, like when you walk across a field and find a rare flower that has never been there before.” Nick’s #signsofsummer is hearing skylarks singing and the cricket bag coming out of the cupboard.
Corn buntings and barn owls are two species thriving on Graham’s farm, with new owl boxes to nest in last year several barn owl chicks were reared on the farm. Like many Jordans farmers Graham took part in Open Farm Sunday this year because, like us be believes it is important that people understand where their food comes from. Graham’s #signsofsummer is finding bee orchids flowering in his fields.
Wildflowers and cornbuntings thrive on Ralph’s farm in Hertfordshire. Ralph has grown oats for Jordans for many years and hosted community events. His #signsofsummer is wildflowers emerging and grass growing for hay making
Lapwings are now thriving on Robert’s farm as are many other farmland birds thanks to all the hard work he has dedicated to wildlife, so much so that the farm recently received an award for having the highest recorded range of priority farmland birds. School children visit the farm regularly to learn more about where their food comes from. Robert’s #signsofsummer are the barley awnes (the ‘hairs’ on the crop) appearing which tells him the crop if growing well and harvest is on the way.