Situated in the heart of Lincolnshire’s outstanding countryside, all at Revesby are continually reminded of the Estate’s responsibility to the environment.
All aspects of the Estate’s work have environmental responsibility at their heart. Working for today means working for the future as well.
The balancing of the needs of the environment against the need for profit is one of Revesby Estate’s most defining characteristics.
Revesby Estate is home to a diverse range of natural habitats and micro-ecosystems, including farmland, woodland, parkland, lakes and watercourses.
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These varied natural environments require detailed and long-term planning to ensure they survive and thrive. At Revesby, we operate 5-year, 10-year and 15-year environmental plans to ensure the Estate will support the species that rely on it far into the future.
When necessary, we will both create new habitats and improve existing ones, constantly seeking to not just maintain, but also diversify, the wide variety of animals and plants that rely on the Estate for their survival.
Regular surveys and species mapping ensures we are constantly aware of the health of the Estate’s natural environment and all of the Estate’s commercial departments are committed to these principles.
Revesby Estate’s farming enterprise works sympathetically, hand-in-hand, with the natural environment to build a sustainable future. Nature is encouraged to develop and thrive as a direct consequence of the techniques we choose to adopt into our farming practices.
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For example, in between our commercial crops we sow cover crops which encourage a number of environmental benefits, including the capture of up to 15 tonnes of carbon dioxide per acre.
Moreover, when the mature cover crops are mulched and returned to the soil, microbes feed off the residue and trap the carbon in the ground as a form of energy. This mulch also acts as food for earthworms and other beneficial organisms. The worms pull residues through the soil profile increasing the organic matter as well as acting as a form of biological cultivation, reducing the need for mechanical cultivation.
Where we have to cultivate, we have a range of systems in place depending on the conditions we are faced with. The primary aim is to move as little soil as possible to help the natural soil ecosystem thrive and avoid releasing carbon into the atmosphere.
Through these and other methods, we look to add more to the soil each year than is taken. At Revesby we treat soil as one of the planet’s most valuable resources and we make every effort to manage our soil sustainably.
Artificial fertilisers are used in a very prescriptive way. Individual fields are sampled, so only what that field requires is applied. Additionally, placement methods have been adapted so we can target the nutrition to where it is needed, either beside the crop above ground, or besides the roots below ground. This precise placement sees us being able to cut chemical fertilisers by up to 20% in certain situations - but more importantly this approach cuts wastage and reduces leaching into the wider environment.
Under our Basic Payment responsibilities, we leave generous margins around cultivated areas in order to encourage a diverse range of hedgerow and field margin species.
We also carry out habitat improvements as the basis to entry level stewardship, as well as choosing to leave areas uncropped and set down to pollen and nectar mixes with no direct financial reward, but solely to encourage a thriving biodiversity across the farm and the estate.
Revesby Estate is also a member of LEAF and the RSPB, and is committed to a number of environment projects, including enriching pollen and nectar sources for bees and other insect life.
Working closely with the Forestry Commission, Revesby Estate forestry is committed to the highest standards of woodland sustainability and environmental management.
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We pride ourselves of the excellence of our forestry knowledge and expertise. We employ a highly qualified and experience team, who have both a keen knowledge of woodland management and are passionate about the environment in which we work.
Our woodland management plan includes habitat creation, sustainable felling cycles and a commitment to replanting using English seed stocks to continually regenerate a traditional English woodland.
Revesby’s woodlands are managed for today and for the future.
Carbon And Energy
Revesby Estate is committed to reducing its carbon footprint wherever possible. We monitor our energy usage very closely and ‘energy accounting’ allows us to optimise our energy efficiency for electricity, oil and diesel.
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The Estate also seeks to use a variety of environmentally friendly energy alternatives, such as green biomass boilers and solar energy generation.
As a further commitment to atmospheric carbon reduction, Revesby Estate plants a minimum of 500 new trees every year, helping to secure a green and sustainable environment long into the future.