Environmental Improvements
2011 onwards

Home Farm and Oak Farm
in the Parishes of Parham and Great Glemham
Suffolk, England

In 2011, we embarked on a range of activities, prompted by Natural England's Higher Level Stewardship scheme, but also a number of voluntary measures.

Master Plan

Master Plan
All the above activities are captured on this master plan
(except those we have completed voluntarily)

Balanced with Crop Production

The above has consumed 8.7ha (21 acres) of land that we previously planted with arable crops. This adds to the 3.5ha of meadowland and 12.2ha of woodland we already have. So in all now, 14% of the farm is woodland, meadow or wild-flower margin. We receive environmental subsidies for half of this land, but this nets less than we would get from cropping it. Given our farm sits on some of the highest quality agricultural land in the UK, we ought to use it for food production as much as possible. However, we still also have a duty to leave space in the countryside for wildlife, so we believe taking out 14% strikes a decent balance.

Not Forgetting Continuing Woodland and Hedgerow Maintenance

The above are only the additional activites started since 2011. We are continuing to maintain the ancient farm buildings and the hedges and woodland on the farm, including coppicing a quarter of Queen Mary's Wood - pictured below - which has been done every 5 years since 1984 when the late Paul Briscoe re-started this tradition.
Coppicing Queen Mary's Wood

When the first outbreak of ash die-back in mature trees in the UK was announced in neighbouring Pound Farm, we had second thoughts about opening a circular walk from there past Queen Mary's Wood, with all those vulnerable coppiced ash stools. However, we have decided to go ahead on the basis that deer and rabbits will already be cross-infecting the two sites to a far greater extent than the few humans who will make the journey.
Ash Die-Back?
This picture, taken 9-Dec-2012, was most likely die-back in one of the ashes
planted in 2007 by Paul Briscoe in the Gull on our farm.

Before opening the circular walk (planned Spring 2014),
many young ashes in Queen Mary's Wood, and a number of mature ashes too,
had already succumbed to the disease as well.

Last updated 05 Apr 2014
JC Larter & Co
Partners: Janet Whymark, Alfred Whymark, Bob Briscoe, Lyndsay Gooch, Lyn Briscoe, Steven Smart and Joe Briscoe

With particular thanks to our woodsman, Jeremy Seeley, our contract farmer, Michael Gray, Juliet Hawkins of the Suffolk Wildlife Trust who helps us with planning and advice and Stephen Gilby of Natural England, who advised us and arranged Natural England's help with funding..