Norbury Park Estate has 750 acres of non-wooded land. Over time we have invested in a major programme to restore the health of the soils, as for many years the land had been intensely cultivated for arable crops. Modern farming techniques of repeated ploughing and harrowing, applying fertilisers, herbicides and fungicides, can seriously affect long-term soil health. Worm numbers are depleted, and CO2 is released into the atmosphere while beneficial nematodes and springtails are destroyed alongside fungi and bacteria. These processes can change the soil health which normally has an inbuilt resilience against harmful fungal and insect pests.
We have converted all the former arable land (600 acres) to herbal leys with a mixture of 24 species, including grasses and deep rooting plants such as chicory, vetch and sainfoin. This helps to naturally improve the soil structure and fertility and increase the number of earthworms and other invertebrates; it also locks up more carbon in the soil. We work with a number of neighbouring farmers who mow and graze our fields to feed their own livestock.
In addition to the herbal leys, the Estate has 100 acres of permanent pasture parkland at Ranton Abbey and 50 acres of land set aside for environmental purposes. 30 acres are designated as a 'Site of Special Scientific Interest' at Doley Common. We also have beetle banks, wildflower meadows, hedgerows and ponds which are maintained to provide ecological diversity across the estates.
For more information on land management please call us on 01785 284718 or email firstname.lastname@example.org