Jordans Farm Partnership

(c) Simon Rawles

 

Jordans Farm Partnership

 

A healthy natural environment, where farmland is producing food but also bursting with wildlife, underpins sustainable farming systems. The health of our habitats and soils are linked to the ability of our land to keep sustaining us and producing the food we need to live.

That is why we are delighted to be part 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 all worked together and brings an innovative blend of expertise to benefit the British countryside. At first trialled on five pilot farms, the scheme has now been rolled out across all 42 Jordans farms to create nature-friendly corridors that would reach from Land’s End to John O’Groats!

Each farmer will work with a dedicated Wildlife Trust Advisor who will create a unique wildlife plan for their farm, ensuring that at least 10% of their land is managed to support wildlife. That’s a total of 44,500 acres, helping create wildlife corridors and highways to help wildlife move safely.

My Wild Life

When we stop and think, we all know that nature is good for us – but how often do we stop and think? The Wildlife Trusts’ My Wild Life campaign is encouraging everyone to stop for a minute to reflect on what wildlife means to us and think about how to make wildlife part of our everyday lives. If we did this, not only would wildlife benefit, but so would we – because contact with nature is good for us. 

Paul Murphy, CEO JordansDorestRyvita shares his My Wild Life story below.  

There are 42 Jordans farms that work with a dedicated local Wildlife Trust advisor to put together a farm plan designed to protect and beneļ¬t the wildlife on their land. It is this local approach that ensures the plan is meaningful and relevant. It also means it contributes to the Wildlife Trust’s own Living Landscape Plans by linking up areas of important wildlife habitat that the Trusts can never hope to do through managing their nature reserves alone. So while Paul is hard at work at his desk or in a meeting he knows that the business decisions he is making will have a positive impact on the natural environment he loves to relax in.

 

Take a look at other people's stories on the MyWildLife website.

Tony Juniper President The Wildlife Trusts

"Responsible farming is not only about food production but also the wide range of other benefits we gain from a thoughtful approach to agriculture. These include the protection of water supplies, reducing the risk of flooding and sustaining the wildlife that enriches our lives, and which is also important for farming, including the insects that pollinate fruits and vegetables and the birds and bats that help to control pests.

"Making sure we can protect and enhance these benefits relies not only on a broad and joined-up view of farming and food, but also upon partnerships, including those between farmers, food companies and wildlife groups. That is why the Jordan's Farm Partnership could not be more welcome. Finding ways to tread the common ground that already exists can help forge a new path toward more enlightened practices. That, in turn, will bring benefits right across the board, including for the farmers who are in a powerful position to make a huge positive difference.”
 

Jordans Farm Partnership pilot farmers


Stephen Honeywood


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 Rowsell


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.

Graham Birch


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.