As part of the Environmental Stewardship (ES) and Countryside Stewardship (CSS) Schemes, the Government pays certain farmers to invite groups of the public to visit their farms to countryside. Groups can be school parties studying farming as part of the National Curriculum, or groups wishing to learn about food production, farming, wildlife conservation, landscape and historical features. These visits are free of charge to the group. A fuller description of the type of visits available is contained in “Educational Access-Information for Land Managers and the Public” available from Natural England offices or from the farmer.
Natural England is here to conserve and enhance the natural environment, for its intrinsic value, the wellbeing and enjoyment of people and the economic prosperity that it brings. Natural England administers these schemes to help land managers achieve this goal.
Species/Features of Interest
A natural spring pond has carp as well as tadpoles and plants in irrigation ponds. An area of marsh ground has reed beds. A hundred metres further south is the Lincolnshire county boundary. There are also Lincoln Red Cattle and sheep on the pasture and some small pets including a Shetland pony, guinea pig, rabbits, bantam chickens and a ferret for interest.
Plantation of Christmas Trees and other spinnies containing native trees. Asparagus sorting and bunching during May – June.
Wildlife, archaeological or landscape designations e.g. Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, National Park, Scheduled Monuments, Site of Special Scientific Interest etc
The River Welland passes across the south of the village with a heritage canal, the Boat River, crossing some of the land. Neolithic and Bronze age pottery plus evidence of flat and barrow graves evidences earlier farmers than the Thurlbys, although it is only visible from the air.
What is being done for conservation on the farm?
Tallington Farm is part of the Higher Level Entry Scheme and also in the Countryside Stewardship Scheme. As part of this commitment to the larger environmental impact, wild bird seed (kale, quinoa, wild radish, millet and maize) crops are planted for the wild birds and insects and also acts as pheasant cover. Hedging encourages birdlife and insects plus ponds for tadpoles and newts. Spinney’s for native trees.
To be tailored to the school
Suitability for people with restricted mobility:
Toilet for the disabled - A portaloo not fit for wheelchair access
Hard surface parking area - Yes
Surfaced paths - Yes, not through the whole farm
Parking available for:
Coaches - Yes
Minibuses - Yes
Cars - Yes
Habitats available for study:
Flower rich grassland - Yes
Orchards - Yes
Pond - Yes
Heathland - No
Wetland - Yes
Woodland - Yes
Hedgerows - Yes
Intensive grassland - No
Dry stone wall - Limited to one short wall
Arable - Yes
Toilets/hand washing facilities - Limited at present
Picnic area - Yes
Shelter - Yes
To be tailored to the school