Walford Farm Increases Profit Margins, Benefits Students and Improves the Environment
Walford Farm, which belongs to Walford and North Shropshire College has just received approval for a Higher level stewardship (HLS) agreement. This will help the farm develop dedicated wildlife areas including some new hedge planting and insect friendly field margins.
The HLS agreement will allow Neil Ridgway, the farm manager, to further improve Walford farm’s profitability, maximise the commercial income, and ensure that the approach to farming does not compromise the important wildlife and amenity areas on the farm. The scheme will generate £95,000 grant income over 10 years, compensating for any reduction in farm incomes that will result from the conservation work completed on the farm. Students will also benefit from this development, with the opportunity to examine in detail the finances of the scheme and take an active role in planting and managing the wildlife areas.
Jon Parry comments “Walford Farm is a key part of our continued success, providing the students with a real example a of a well run commercial farm, demonstrating good practice and giving students the opportunity to practise the skills required to work on a modern farm. This HLS agreement is another indication of our commitment to provide outstanding learning resources and maximise the profitability of the farm.”
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