We are committed to ensuring Forty Hall Farm develops sustainably, through our organic farming practices and through our work with the local economy and our community.
We aim to use energy and water efficiently. We have recently installed our own borehole, which provides water for our market garden irrigation and for our livestock, and we have installed several rainwater harvesting systems. We make our own leaf mould and compost from locally-sourced woodchip, much of which comes from the Farm, and all of our farmyard manure is stored and spread back onto our hayfields. We also use manure to power our hotbeds, generating heat to warm new seedlings in our propagation polytunnel.
Over the past five years, we have done much to improve the biodiversity of the Farm, planting hundreds of trees, plants and flowers, and working to restore our hedgerows and historic ditch systems. The Farm has an Organic Entry Level Stewardship (OELS) with Natural England, through which we are preserving our species-rich meadows.
We are also exploring ways in which we can decrease our reliance on fossil fuels, by growing more of our animal feed, generating our own energy and using horses instead of diesel-powered machinery.