March 1, 2013
New ‘environmental classroom’ at Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park
Agrii are supporting a new project at Adam Henson’s farm in Gloucestershire to give local school children the opportunity to witness first-hand how farming contributes to biodiversity in our countryside.
The project will feature at the heart of the hugely successful Cotswold Farm Park at Guiting Power near Cheltenham and build on the heritage of conservation and education first established by Adam’s father in 1971 and continued to this day.
The new environment zone will provide insight into the history of the farm and surrounding area and will take visitors on a journey through the various ways that farming enhances the local environment and wildlife. It will include a broad range of plants that are beneficial to insects and birds, an area of pollen and nectar rich plants, wild grasses, beetle banks and a pond. Visitors will be able to see a bee hive and learn about pollination, view a wormery in the soil zone, and learn about the integration of wildlife and food production in farming systems.
Duncan Andrews, (Director) at The Cotswold Farm Park explained that the project will play a key role in helping to educate the importance of bio-diversity and the hard work that farmers are undertaking to conserve and promote wildlife.
“The project will also enable us to show the general public what practical measures they can take to encourage wildlife in their own gardens” Duncan explained. “Here at the Cotswold Farm Park we are passionate about agriculture and the countryside. I believe our new Conservation Area will send a very positive message to all of our visitors and help promote British Farming”.
David Neale, who is overseeing the project for Agrii, added “As a principal supplier of agronomy and environmental advice to the farming industry, we are delighted to support Adam and his team with this new initiative and thoroughly recommend a visit to the park”.
“It is a great platform to demonstrate that farming is not just about producing quality food – it will show how the local landscape and environment in which we live can be enhanced by growers and gardeners alike”, concluded David.
Work has commenced on the new area and should be open to visitors on Saturday 4th May.
Keep watch at www.cotswoldfarmpark.co.uk for news and information.
Cotswold Farm Park can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone on 0145185030