Strutt & Parker Farming
Farming has changed significantly over the past century. Technology, including mechanical modernisation, and the intelligent research available to the market, optimises efficiencies and increased yield opportunities. Consumers want to know more about the provenance of the food they eat, so farmers consistently monitor and review their farming methods, as well as broadening their knowledge of the ever-growing ag-chem market and its increasingly advanced programmes. British farming is always driven by external factors, including the world market controlling price, and most importantly, the weather, which drives the day to day on site decision making and is a factor no one can control.
Yields and efficiencies have improved vastly, but the fundamentals of farming have not changed much since 1918; farms still rely upon the up-to-date technology available, and a team of men or women who are committed to the aim of producing high end crops which meet the specifications outlined by the end user.
A good team and moving with the agricultural times is key to Strutt and Parker (Farms) Ltd’s ideology. Being forward thinking and driven, propels the continued investment in the business which enables it to grow crops to the very high standards of quality demanded by the market.
Strutt and Parker (Farms) Ltd grows a full range of crops including wheat, sugar beet, oilseed rape, potatoes, linseed, oats, barley, lucerne and rye.
Strutt and Parker (Farms) is committed to making a difference to the environment, the company is a strong supporter of national countryside stewardship schemes, and all the farms are signed up to either Entry Level Stewardship or Higher Level Stewardship. Strutt and Parker (Farms) Ltd has always placed a high priority on its stewardship of the environment. Furthermore, it is involved in a number of initiatives including working with the RSPB to improve the nesting of bird species, protecting sensitive grazing land by limiting application of fertilizers, putting land down to buffer strips to encourage biodiversity, and creating field corners and skylark strips again to encourage birds and biodiversity.
Marshes and East Hall
Marshes and East Hall are farmed by Alan Ponder. Alan has long history with the company and is the fourth generation Ponder to work for the company.
Marshes and East Hall stretches all the way along the Essex Coast from Burnham-on-Crouch to Bradwell which makes the majority of the farm below sea level and protected by a sea wall on its perimeter. Being so coastal makes the farm unique; creating its own micro-climate, which helps produce quality crops with the aid of the sea mist and warm windy days.
Marshes and East Hall farms over 4000 acres and grows quality bread-making wheat, oilseed rape, and lucerne, which is manufactured into high quality horse feed.
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The coastal perimeter which surrounds Marshes and East Hall provides excellent habitat for a diverse bird life, Alan strives to maintain these habitats by managing land in a Higher Level Country Stewardship scheme. Marshes Farm has and continues to make a significant contribution to local conservation with the work they do to maintain the land close to the sea wall.
Lawn Hall & Faulkbourne
Lawn Hall and Faulkbourne are managed by Andrew Cook. The Cook family has managed farms for Strutt and Parker (Farms) Ltd for more than 80 years. Lawn Hall is located north of Great Dunmow and Faulkbourne is based near to Witham together, the farms cover over 3800 acres.
The land offers prime agricultural land for growing arable crops; Andrew specialises in growing milling and feed wheat, oilseed rape and peas.
Lawn Hall also provides a considerable amount of residential properties, rented to employees and private tenants.
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Lavenham & Gt Livermere
Lavenham and Great Livermere is managed by Martin Bowers, who prides himself on growing a diverse range of crops including wheat, oilseed rape, barley, rye, peas, potatoes and sugar beet. Sugar beet is a significant crop for Martin and is grown directly for the sugar beet factory in Bury St Edmunds.
Martin is a large contractor in the surrounding area and has successfully grown the contract management part of his operation.
Lavenham boasts some 50 residential and commercial properties which are looked after by a dedicated maintenance team.
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Martin has committed part of his farm operation to recycle organic waste for use as fertiliser for crops on his land. He also works with the RSPB on a project to encourage the nesting of specific species of birds such as skylarks and buntings, on dedicated arable land.
Landermere is managed by Michael Welham and Jim McNair, Landermere is a 1500-acre farm based on the outskirts of Thorpe le Soken. The good soil at Landermere farm lends itself to growing potatoes and this is the main operation of Landermere. Michael regularly grows over 1500 tonnes every year, supplying potatoes nationwide for supermarkets, as well as for foreign exports. In order to optimise the markets Michael grows a range of varieties to supply both the second early and early main crop market. Landermere’s range of crops also includes wheat, oilseed rape and sugar beet.
Landermere provides buildings for local businesses which capitalises on the farms resources and keeps business within the local community which helps support the local economy.
Forty acres of Landermere farm is dedicated to grassland which helps encourage the biodiversity of the farm, and the reservoir, which helps with the demand of water needed to grow potatoes, has been developed to include a ‘wet area’ which creates a great habitat for wetland birds. Michael also, opens the reservoir to local anglers.