Through December/January we will plant 2000 native tree species on our own farm. This planned planting programme is targeted at improving biodiversity across sandy, unimproved grassland in the central Eden Valley.

Each of our ranges has a specific biodiversity action plan designed to enhance the existing landscape for our hens. Carefully considered, the planting plans will save runoff, reducing atmospheric Ammonia and providing habitat for red list birds, bats, butterflies and moths.

We know planting trees makes a difference and improves the habitat for hens as well as indigenous wildlife species. For over 5 years we have been working on research with the Woodland Trust and Cumbria Farm Enterprise Partnership (formerly FWAG). The results are now published and highlight there are real benefits from planting trees. You can read more about that here.

The 2,000 trees we are planting now, combined with the trees planted by some of our other producers will reach close to 10,000 trees planted this year. They will add to the 220,000 we have already planted.