On 5 June 2021 the United Nations launched its Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. It is a rallying call for the revival of ecosystems to benefit people and nature. And that is just what Wilder Doddington is setting out to achieve:
We are ending arable farming and letting nature take over, with our Lincoln Red cattle and existing wild deer population managing the landscape for us. Later we will be adding wild ponies and pigs to the mix.
This low intensity grazing will allow the development of wood pasture, wetlands and species-rich grassland across the previously extensively drained and conventionally farmed estate.
The result will be that woodlands and other habitats expand and link up, and new habitats are created, resulting in: a huge increase in wildlife and biodiversity; a big reduction in greenhouse gases emitted; lots more carbon locked away in soils and vegetation; better and more resilient soils, better water quality; and reduced flooding.
We will also be developing a whole range of wildlife safaris, tours, guided walks and nature spotting; there will be camping, glamping and self-catering accommodation; new walking and cycling routes; access to Wilder Doddington for education and learning, health, fitness and nature-inspired creative and cultural events; as well as visits and activities for people of all ages whose mental and physical health can be improved by connecting to nature. There will also be be exciting work experience and employment opportunities around all these activities. And of course there will be delicious, sustainable, pasture-fed organic beef for sale.
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Photography: Doddington Hall, Lexy Foxley-Johnson, Mark Stacey Photography, Vicky Barlow, Pete Gilbert, Graeme Lyons