We are aware of the pressures placed upon the environment, specifically by intensive farming methods, and understand it is our responsibility as farmers of the land to provide the care and protection it requires.
We are dedicated to conservation and try whenever possible to minimise our disruptive impact upon the local ecology.
Around the farm we have ancient hedgerows that are only trimmed periodically, which make excellent habitats and travel corridors for many species of animals and birds. We also provide ponds, streams, uncultivated land and permanent pasture which all add to the rich biodiversity on offer at the farm.
Around the fields we have installed beetle banks and natural areas that not only encourage wildlife, but attract beneficial insects to the area.
We also introduce beneficial insects (such as phytoselius persimilis and ambyselius cucumeris) directly onto the crop to reduce the requirement for chemical pesticides. We host many scientific trials to help further the battle against reliance upon chemicals and pesticides.
As part of our pesticide spraying procedures, we spray for specific and targeted reasons only; we do not adopt a routine spray program where crops are treated before any problems arise.
Lutton Farm recycles all materials possible, not only does this greatly benefit the environment, but it also reduces costs.
All of our substrate systems are now using coir rather than peat. This immediately cuts back the pressures on endangered peat bogs but also promotes the use of coir as a recycled material (it is made from coconut husk). Coir products can be reused many more times than their peat alternatives.
As we have many millions of individual flowers that require pollinating we find that the local bee population often isn`t large enough. So we try to encourage the local bees and we have beekeepers who introduce new colonies and hives of honey bees to help out when they are most required. We also purchase smaller colonies of bumblebees which we hang inside the tunnels to give a direct source of pollination.