Caring for the environment is a crucial element to ensuring a better future for everyone. Apley have parkland, farmland and forestry across the Estate and we look after them responsibly with a keen focus on the ecological impact of our activities.
on the 2500 acres of land that we farm we preserve and improve the long term fertility of our soils using a traditional mixed farming system ensuring a continuous cycle of returning organic matter to the soils. We are committed to biodiversity improvement, we have maintained hedges and grass margins and plant crops for wildlife including birdseed and pollen mixes to enable our local wildlife to flourish alongside modern farming operations.
As well as reducing our carbon footprint, we are actively improving soil health and water quality and are trialling new crops across the Estate that reduce soil erosion and require fewer fertilisers. Our 1,000 acres of woodland captures large amounts of carbon, and is carefully managed through a 10 year rolling management plan developed and approved by Forestry England. We operate a 10 year Higher Level Stewardship Agreement to improve the quality and diversity to the woodland, flora and fauna.
Given the Estate’s long and illustrious history, it is no surprise that the Estate is home to a number of important historical sites and buildings. Apley work closely with heritage experts to manage these important elements of Bridgnorth’s past.
- Improve ecological standards across the estate and increase natural capital.
- Increase the quality, quantity and biodiversity of flora and fauna.
- Reduce waste and target net zero carbon.
- Improve air and water quality for residents and businesses.
- Improve soil quality across our farmland.
- Managing our visions, values and commercial objectives in a manner that achieves benefits Apley, our society and the local economy, in an environmentally sustainable way.
We will enhance biodiversity across the estate through a range of measures including a new forestry management plan which will see the replacement of dense plantations with managed woodlands of native species.
We are actively researching ways to improve and extend wildlife habitats throughout Apley, working with ecological organisations, including Shropshire Wildlife Trust and national invertebrate charity Buglife to improve biodiversity across the estate.
Apley has always pioneered the reuse and recycling of materials including building waste and plastics and Apley Farm Shop now generates 125% of their electrical supply directly from their solar field.
By using animal manure from our own farms, we cut down the amount of chemical fertilisers we use on the land, reducing our carbon output. Waste from Apley free-range eggs provides an excellent nutrient for the soil and keeps transport and road mileage down to a minimum.
We are committed to improving soil quality and preventing soil erosion, trialing new crops which require fewer fertilisers and regularly assess the soil quality by soil sampling.
Apley Farm Shop is committed to reducing our carbon footprint by sourcing and supplying products from local producers, with minimal plastic packaging and significantly reducing food miles.