Biodiversity Policy for Farnley Estates

Farnley Estates is a working farm that has achieved Higher Level Stewardship status from Natural England. This means that conservation is a top priority and we're working hard to cultivate a diverse range of flora and fauna on the Estate.

As an Estate, we're also keen to open up our land to more people so that they can enjoy the health, leisure, education and other benefits it can provide.

Sometimes, these two objectives cause conflict. By encouraging more people onto our land, we run the risk of introducing diseases and invasive plant species onto the Estate, which can have a devastating effect on the animal and plant life.

Our biodiversity policy aims to reduce the risk and asks that everyone who comes onto the Estate acts in a responsible way that will keep people, animals, plants and trees safe and healthy.

Biosecurity threats

Trees and plants can be susceptible to a range of pests and diseases that can decimate entire areas of woodland.

In recent years there has been widespread national news coverage of the devastating impact of chalara ash dieback. Thankfully the Estate has managed to contain any potential outbreak of this disease.

For more information about chalara ash dieback and helping to prevent its spread, visit the Woodland Trust.  

Diseases that affect animals, such as foot and mouth, can also be carried onto the Estate on footwear, vehicles and domestic animals. 

Please play your part

To help the Estate remain a safe and healthy place for all, we need everyone to play their part and act responsibly while visiting the Estate.

Simple steps we can all take:

  • Wear footwear and outerwear that can be easily cleaned.
  • Clean footwear and outerwear regularly, and always clean footwear that has been worn in other locations, before coming onto the Estate.
  • Clean vehicles regularly. Do not let mud and organic debris accumulate on tyres, wheels and wheel arches.
  • Groom domestic animals before bringing them onto the Estate.

And remember...

Always follow the Countryside Code.

For a more detailed guide on biosecurity measures and how to keep the Estate safe from pests and biohazards, download the biosecurity guidance from www.forestry.gov.uk.