Hatfield Farm and Monkton Court Farm both have instigated irrigation scheduling for their potato crops to minimise water use. This has helped reduce the quantity of water used when growing the crop without affecting the quality of the potatoes. Chislet Court Farm use Environ Scan and Twyman Partnership use Neutron Probes to determine the optimal use of water.

 

Looking after the Environment

As part of the collective drive to reduce their Carbon Footprint, Provenance has been using the Cool Farm Tool to help them and their growers understand how positive steps can be taken to minimise their environmental impact. 

The Twyman Partnership have part of their farm covered by the Countryside Stewardship Scheme. Some of this area is dedicated to wet grassland for wintering waders and wildfowl. The ditches are being restored rather than just maintained. Varied biodiversity can be found on the grassland, rough land and ditches on the farm.

Both the Twyman Partnership and Monkton Court Farm are LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) accredited. This means both farms engage in the following: * Organisation and Planning * Soil Management and Fertility * Crop Health and Protection * Pollution Control and By-Product-Management * Energy Efficiency * Water Management * Landscape and Nature Conservation.

Hedges and hedgerows are important to Provenance. All their growers maintain hedges and field margins. They have recently started to actively plant wildflower mixes in their field margins to encourage biodiversity.

Both Monkton Court and Chislet Court use Solar Panels to help create electricity for the grid and cold stores. Hatfeild and Monkton Court Farms, grow maize and rye which create biogas which in turn helps to reduce the country’s dependency on carbon-based energy.