As you might expect from an agricultural Estate, many things are grown…IN FARNLEY. 

On the home farm

Much of the land is still used for farming and you can read the latest farming update here.

As we're members of Natural England's Higher Level Stewardship scheme, conservation is a key focus. 

As well as crops such as winter wheat and barley, we also cultivate plants that are rich in nectar and pollen to attract bees and butterflies. 

Clover, vetches, white mustard and kale, provide numerous benefits for wildlife. including ground cover for nesting tree sparrows, and large amounts of seed for winter feeding. During the winter months, stubble is left in certain fields to allow birds to forage for cereal seeds dropped during harvesting.

Difficult to work areas, including field corners and bankings also add to our conservation work. Nettles and thistles are left in place to attract specific butterfly species, and increase the field mice and voles, which in turn provide food for barn owls, tawny owls and kestrels.