AGRICULTURE

Respectful of our agricultural heritage, Buccleuch is dedicated to introducing sustainable farming solutions across its estates, ensuring the impact on the environment is a positive one.

Today, our farming operations are wide ranging and include the management of arable, sheep, red deer, cattle, and free-range egg enterprises. Wherever possible, we employ innovative and sustainable practices.

Buccleuch farms through a combination of agricultural tenancies and directly managed land holdings, supplying major supermarkets such as Tesco, Waitrose and Marks and Spencer.

ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITMENT

As one of thirty-two producers in the UK taking part in the pioneering agri-EPI Centre project, we are constantly investing in new technologies that improve animal welfare and increase sustainable food production. You can find more information on this below.

Our colleagues are also working with Nestle as part of their ClieNFarms project, which aims to co-develop climate-neutral / climate-resilient farms across Europe and The Allerton Project, contributing to research into the effects of different farming methods on wildlife and the environment.

In the last year, we have laid over 4km of hedgerow as part of the countryside stewardship scheme, with more planned for later in the year, while we continue the ancient art of hedge coppicing, known to have benefits for nesting birds and other small animals.

In 2022, our team at Boughton will introduce an eight-year arable cycle, which is much less intensive than traditional three-year continual cropping cycles, enhancing soil fertility and reducing carbon emissions. The three-year clover ley within the cycle will allow livestock grazing and naturally reduce the need for fertilisers and pesticides.