Farm and Oak Farm
2011, we embarked on a range of activities, prompted
Natural England's Higher Level Stewardship scheme, but also a number of
in the Parishes of Parham and Great Glemham
All the above activities are captured on this master plan
(except those we have completed voluntarily)
Balanced with Crop
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
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
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 -
has been done every 5 years since 1984 when the late Paul Briscoe
re-started this tradition.
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,
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.
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.
JC Larter & Co
Partners: Janet Whymark, Alfred Whymark, Bob Briscoe,
Lyndsay Gooch, Lyn Briscoe, Steven Smart and Joe Briscoe
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..