Farmer led Groups

Farmer led Groups.

Farmers already do a lot for Britain’s rural environment, however there is only so much that an individual farmer or farm, acting in isolation, can achieve on their own. By working together with other farmers and land managers, with assistance from a ‘facilitator’, we have found that we can work more cohesively together and the synergies of doing so are beneficial for all. We share best practice and learn from each others experiences, in doing so we collectively can deliver far greater benefits for soil, water and wildlife. This creates authentic win win for all involved. Here at Foxburrow Farm we are advocates of this group led or cluster approach and are proud members of the Upper Wensum Cluster Farm Group.

Who are Wensum Farmers?

We are a group of 27 farmers working together to improve water quality and enhance biodiversity within the cherished River Wensum catchment in Norfolk. Our full name is Upper Wensum Cluster Farm Group. But mostly we’re known as the Wensum Farmers.

The land we farm covers more than 10,000 hectares. We grow combinable crops, roots, fruit and produce beef and lamb.

Farming best practice?

At Foxburrow farm we really value learning from others’ and sharing best practice, we are lucky to live and work in an area where many landowners and farmers feel the same. We are proud to be an active member of the Wensum Farmers group and are delighted to be able to see the impact like-minded individuals can have on our local environment.

Upper Wensum Cluster Farm Group are involved in a wide variety of projects including;

Water Testing

Harvesting CoverCrops

Habitat Enhancement

Pond Restoration

 

You can find out more about the Wensum Farmers current projects here.

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