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03 October 2016
The Countryside Stewardship Scheme

 

THE NEW COUNTRYSIDE STEWARDSHIP SCHEME

 

Following recent acceptance into the new government environmental scheme, Longstowe Hall Estate is creating a considerable number of field margins to enhance the natural environment.

This substantial commitment will provide habitat to benefit all forms of wildlife, where it is of greatest benefit - alongside our hedges, ditches and woods.

The margins are sown with a variety of grasses and wildflowers to offer cover for breeding, as well as sources of food for insects and birds. The margins will produce pollen and nectar, as well as winter bird seed.

They will cover an area of some 50 acres in the parishes of Bourn and Longstowe.

The conservation margins will take a year or so to establish, and will be vulnerable in these early stages to all forms of traffic and disturbance. We expect them to be in place for 5 years initially.

Whilst these grass and flower margins will not prevent proper access to public rights of way, equally these margins are for wildlife, and therefore it will not be allowed to ride horses/cycles, walk or exercise with or without dogs etc. on these margins.

Thank you for your understanding, and we look forward to continuing to support measures to benefit the wildlife of the parishes of Bourn and Longstowe.