A collaborative landscape-based programme initiated by Future Food Solutions in partnership with Yorkshire Water

The Sustainable Landscapes programme, launched in July 2018, brings together groups of forward-thinking arable farmers to explore sustainable farming practices that will positively benefit soil health and ultimately improve water quality in specific river catchments.

A collaborative landscape-based programme initiated by Future Food Solutions in partnership with Yorkshire Water

The Sustainable Landscapes programme, launched in July 2018, brings together groups of forward-thinking arable farmers to explore sustainable farming practices that will positively benefit soil health and ultimately improve water quality in specific river catchments.

A collaborative landscape-based programme initiated by Future Food Solutions in partnership with Yorkshire Water

The Sustainable Landscapes programme, launched in July 2018, brings together groups of forward-thinking arable farmers to explore sustainable farming practices that will positively benefit soil health and ultimately improve water quality in specific river catchments.

Our Key Objectives

Our Key Objectives

CHAMPION INNOVATION

PROFIT FROM SUSTAINABILITY

Ensuring that soil quality is measured, valued & improved by accessing novel technology that uses key inputs effectively.

Managing farm resources efficiently, improving the resilience of the landscape & supporting commercially viable businesses.

CHAMPION INNOVATION

PROFIT FROM SUSTAINABILITY

Ensuring that soil quality is measured, valued & improved by accessing novel technology that uses key inputs effectively.

Managing farm resources efficiently, improving the resilience of the landscape & supporting commercially viable businesses.

WORK COLLABORATIVELY

MANAGE WATER EFFECTIVELY

Encouraging collaboration & knowledge exchange for the benefit of both the landscape & food supply chain partners.

Learning from best practice to improve the water holding capacity of soil & minimise erosion.

WORK COLLABORATIVELY

MANAGE WATER EFFECTIVELY

Encouraging collaboration & knowledge exchange for the benefit of both the landscape & food supply chain partners.

Learning from best practice to improve the water holding capacity of soil & minimise erosion.

PROFIT FROM SUSTAINABILITY

Managing farm resources efficiently, improving the resilience of the landscape & supporting commercially viable businesses.

CHAMPION INNOVATION

Ensuring that soil quality is measured, valued & improved by accessing novel technology that uses key inputs effectively.

WORK COLLABORATIVELY

Encouraging collaboration & knowledge exchange for the benefit of both the landscape & food supply chain partners.

MANAGE WATER EFFECTIVELY

Learning from best practice to improve the water holding capacity of soil & minimise erosion.

Future Food Solutions believe this sustainable landscape approach will explore, with input from key industry partners if there is a more connected way of conserving natural resources, minimising impact  whilst maximising food and drink production potential.

Yorkshire Water are committed to this mentoring initiative, which focuses on farm resilience, agricultural sustainability and crucially farm business profitability. With the support of the food supply chain, we really believe it has the potential to not only be an exemplar in how to manage landscapes for multiple benefits, but also because it is very much based around improving farm profits

Future Food Solutions believe this sustainable landscape approach will explore, with input from key industry partners if there is a more connected way of conserving natural resources, minimising impact  whilst maximising food and drink production potential.

Yorkshire Water are committed to this mentoring initiative, which focuses on farm resilience, agricultural sustainability and crucially farm business profitability. With the support of the food supply chain, we really believe it has the potential to not only be an exemplar in how to manage landscapes for multiple benefits, but also because it is very much based around improving farm profits

Future Food Solutions believe this sustainable landscape approach will explore, with input from key industry partners if there is a more connected way of conserving natural resources, minimising impact  whilst maximising food and drink production potential.

Yorkshire Water are committed to this mentoring initiative, which focuses on farm resilience, agricultural sustainability and crucially farm business profitability. With the support of the food supply chain, we really believe it has the potential to not only be an exemplar in how to manage landscapes for multiple benefits, but also because it is very much based around improving farm profits

“Keeping soils healthy and where they belong is good for the environment; the resilience and profitability of farming and improves the water we treat for our customers. Sustainable Landscapes is a platform to share, develop and implement best practice within and by the farming community. We believe it has the potential to make a real difference where everybody wins, not least the environment”.

Andrew Walker
Catchment Strategy Manager, Yorkshire Water

“Keeping soils healthy and where they belong is good for the environment; the resilience and profitability of farming and improves the water we treat for our customers. Sustainable Landscapes is a platform to share, develop and implement best practice within and by the farming community. We believe it has the potential to make a real difference where everybody wins, not least the environment”.

Andrew Walker
Catchment Strategy Manager, Yorkshire Water

“Keeping soils healthy and where they belong is good for the environment; the resilience and profitability of farming and improves the water we treat for our customers. Sustainable Landscapes is a platform to share, develop and implement best practice within and by the farming community. We believe it has the potential to make a real difference where everybody wins, not least the environment”.

Andrew Walker
Catchment Strategy Manager
Yorkshire Water

Pilot Areas

Topcliffe

Located 5 miles to the south west of Thirsk and adjacent to the River Swale, the Topcliffe Pilot Area is part of the catchment which eventually flows into the River Ouse, entering the North Sea via the Humber estuary. The Pilot Lead Farmer, Graham Potter, farms in partnership with his father Terry at Baldersby Park where the river forms one of the farm boundaries. The Pilot Area has 15 farmer members, most of whom undertake arable farming activities close geographically to the Pilot lead farm.

Shipton by Beningbrough

Located to the North West of York, the Shipton by Beningbrough Pilot is led by David Blacker who is based at Church Farm in the village. The land tends to be slightly heavier than farmers experience at the Topcliffe pilot further north, however similar crop rotations are undertaken. Geographically, the Pilot Area is located close to the River Ouse and David’s farm is bordered at one side by Hurns Gutter; another small tributary leading into the Ouse. The Pilot Area has a wide-ranging membership of farming individuals with some members undertaking beef & pig operations, sharing knowledge alongside arable specialists.

Elvington

Situated to the south east of York, the Elvington Pilot Area is centred at Grimston Grange in Heslington which is the family farm of the Hopwood family. The Pilot Farm sits equidistant between the River Ouse to the west and the River Derwent to the East. The Pilot Area is within a zone of particular importance in terms of surface water management; Yorkshire Water have treatment facilities four miles away at Elvington where they extract water from the River Derwent prior to treatment and onward distribution elsewhere in Yorkshire. The Pilot Area has 12 members, all of whom farm in the surrounding area with potatoes, carrots and other root crops included within the rotation in addition to the commodities grown in the other Pilot Areas.

Pilot Areas

Topcliffe

Located 5 miles to the south west of Thirsk and adjacent to the River Swale, the Topcliffe Pilot Area is part of the catchment which eventually flows into the River Ouse, entering the North Sea via the Humber estuary. The Pilot Lead Farmer, Graham Potter, farms in partnership with his father Terry at Baldersby Park where the river forms one of the farm boundaries. The Pilot Area has 15 farmer members, most of whom undertake arable farming activities close geographically to the Pilot lead farm.

Shipton by Beningbrough

Located to the North West of York, the Shipton by Beningbrough Pilot is led by David Blacker who is based at Church Farm in the village. The land tends to be slightly heavier than farmers experience at the Topcliffe pilot further north, however similar crop rotations are undertaken. Geographically, the Pilot Area is located close to the River Ouse and David’s farm is bordered at one side by Hurns Gutter; another small tributary leading into the Ouse. The Pilot Area has a wide-ranging membership of farming individuals with some members undertaking beef & pig operations, sharing knowledge alongside arable specialists.

Elvington

Situated to the south east of York, the Elvington Pilot Area is centred at Grimston Grange in Heslington which is the family farm of the Hopwood family. The Pilot Farm sits equidistant between the River Ouse to the west and the River Derwent to the East. The Pilot Area is within a zone of particular importance in terms of surface water management; Yorkshire Water have treatment facilities four miles away at Elvington where they extract water from the River Derwent prior to treatment and onward distribution elsewhere in Yorkshire. The Pilot Area has 12 members, all of whom farm in the surrounding area with potatoes, carrots and other root crops included within the rotation in addition to the commodities grown in the other Pilot Areas.

Pilot Areas

Topcliffe

Located 5 miles to the south west of Thirsk and adjacent to the River Swale, the Topcliffe Pilot Area is part of the catchment which eventually flows into the River Ouse, entering the North Sea via the Humber estuary. The Pilot Lead Farmer, Graham Potter, farms in partnership with his father Terry at Baldersby Park where the river forms one of the farm boundaries. The Pilot Area has 15 farmer members, most of whom undertake arable farming activities close geographically to the Pilot lead farm.

Shipton by Beningbrough

Located to the North West of York, the Shipton by Beningbrough Pilot is led by David Blacker who is based at Church Farm in the village. The land tends to be slightly heavier than farmers experience at the Topcliffe pilot further north, however similar crop rotations are undertaken. Geographically, the Pilot Area is located close to the River Ouse and David’s farm is bordered at one side by Hurns Gutter; another small tributary leading into the Ouse. The Pilot Area has a wide-ranging membership of farming individuals with some members undertaking beef & pig operations, sharing knowledge alongside arable specialists.

Elvington

Situated to the south east of York, the Elvington Pilot Area is centred at Grimston Grange in Heslington which is the family farm of the Hopwood family. The Pilot Farm sits equidistant between the River Ouse to the west and the River Derwent to the East. The Pilot Area is within a zone of particular importance in terms of surface water management; Yorkshire Water have treatment facilities four miles away at Elvington where they extract water from the River Derwent prior to treatment and onward distribution elsewhere in Yorkshire. The Pilot Area has 12 members, all of whom farm in the surrounding area with potatoes, carrots and other root crops included within the rotation in addition to the commodities grown in the other Pilot Areas.

Sustainable Landscapes Pilots Map
Sustainable Landscapes Pilots Map

Pilot Lead Farmers

Graham Potter
Topcliffe

David Blacker
Shipton by Beningbrough

James Hopwood
Elvington

Graham Potter
Topcliffe

David Blacker
Shipton by Beningbrough

James Hopwood
Elvington

Graham Potter
Topcliffe

Graham Potter farms 500 acres at Topcliffe near Thirsk. He grows wheat, barley and Oil Seed Rape (OSR) and a small amount of fodder beet. Graham is a huge enthusiast of precision farming techniques and has embraced much of the very latest technology enabling him to farm efficiently and profitably, whilst at the same time reducing his impact on the environment.

David Blacker
Shipton by Beningbrough

Farms around 890ha on a mix of family-owned, rented and stubble to stubble contracts based at Shipton By Beningbrough, just north of York. His current rotation is – wheat, oilseed rape, wheat and spring beans. David grows feed wheat, chops all his straw and is using cover crops to improve soil structure and add organic matter to fields before spring beans. David is particularly interested in precision farming and improving his soils organic matter and structure.

James Hopwood
Elvington

The Hopwood family farms Clock Farm and Grimston Grange near to the villages of Heslington and Dunnington in the Vale of York. Julian Hopwood and his sons are the current custodians of the land. Situated just 8.5m above sea level, the soil ranges from blow-away sand to medium loam. They farm 242ha of combinable crops on a seven-year rotation, now focusing on, oilseed rape, winter wheat, winter and spring barley and also spring beans which go for seed. There are also stubble turnips on the light land which a local farmer’s sheep graze off.

Graham Potter farms 500 acres at Topcliffe near Thirsk. He grows wheat, barley and Oil Seed Rape (OSR) and a small amount of fodder beet. Graham is a huge enthusiast of precision farming techniques and has embraced much of the very latest technology enabling him to farm efficiently and profitably, whilst at the same time reducing his impact on the environment.

Farms around 890ha on a mix of family-owned, rented and stubble to stubble contracts based at Shipton By Beningbrough, just north of York. His current rotation is – wheat, oilseed rape, wheat and spring beans. David grows feed wheat, chops all his straw and is using cover crops to improve soil structure and add organic matter to fields before spring beans. David is particularly interested in precision farming and improving his soils organic matter and structure.

The Hopwood family farms Clock Farm and Grimston Grange near to the villages of Heslington and Dunnington in the Vale of York. Julian Hopwood and his sons are the current custodians of the land. Situated just 8.5m above sea level, the soil ranges from blow-away sand to medium loam. They farm 242ha of combinable crops on a seven-year rotation, now focusing on, oilseed rape, winter wheat, winter and spring barley and also spring beans which go for seed. There are also stubble turnips on the light land which a local farmer’s sheep graze off.

Graham Potter farms 500 acres at Topcliffe near Thirsk. He grows wheat, barley and Oil Seed Rape (OSR) and a small amount of fodder beet. Graham is a huge enthusiast of precision farming techniques and has embraced much of the very latest technology enabling him to farm efficiently and profitably, whilst at the same time reducing his impact on the environment.

Farms around 890ha on a mix of family-owned, rented and stubble to stubble contracts based at Shipton By Beningbrough, just north of York. His current rotation is – wheat, oilseed rape, wheat and spring beans. David grows feed wheat, chops all his straw and is using cover crops to improve soil structure and add organic matter to fields before spring beans. David is particularly interested in precision farming and improving his soils organic matter and structure.

The Hopwood family farms Clock Farm and Grimston Grange near to the villages of Heslington and Dunnington in the Vale of York. Julian Hopwood and his sons are the current custodians of the land. Situated just 8.5m above sea level, the soil ranges from blow-away sand to medium loam. They farm 242ha of combinable crops on a seven-year rotation, now focusing on, oilseed rape, winter wheat, winter and spring barley and also spring beans which go for seed. There are also stubble turnips on the light land which a local farmer’s sheep graze off.

Farmer Partner Benefits

Farmers involved in the Sustainable Landscapes programme get access to a range of resources and benefits to improve soil health and profitability on their farm.

  • Soil analysis & testing

  • Soil organic matter level testing and advice

  • Provision of cover crop advice

  • Provision of cover crop seed for trials to farmers within the pilot

  • Contracted provision of stubble raking in areas of the farm that have previously been badly affected by slug damage

  • Sustainability benchmarking

  • GPS driven soil quality management

  • Access to Mi Farm satellite imagery and field mapping

  • Discounted Gatekeeper – software & access to training packages from Farm Plan

  • Option to change from on farm Metaldehyde use to Ferric Phosphate where appropriate

Farmer Partner Benefits

Farmers involved in the Sustainable Landscapes programme get access to a range of resources and benefits to improve soil health and profitability on their farm.

  • Soil analysis & testing

  • Soil organic matter level testing and advice

  • Provision of cover crop advice

  • Provision of cover crop seed for trials to farmers within the pilot

  • Contracted provision of stubble raking in areas of the farm that have previously been badly affected by slug damage

  • Sustainability benchmarking

  • GPS driven soil quality management

  • Access to Mi Farm satellite imagery and field mapping

  • Discounted Gatekeeper – software & access to training packages from Farm Plan

  • Option to change from on farm Metaldehyde use to Ferric Phosphate where appropriate

Farmer Partner Benefits

Farmers involved in the Sustainable Landscapes programme get access to a range of resources and benefits to improve soil health and profitability on their farm.

  • Soil analysis & testing

  • GPS driven soil quality management
  • Provision of cover crop advice

  • Sustainability benchmarking

  • Soil organic matter level testing and advice

  • Provision of cover crop seed for trials to farmers within the pilot

  • Access to Mi Farm satellite imagery and field mapping

  • Discounted Gatekeeper – software & access to training packages from Farm Plan

  • Option to change from on farm Metaldehyde use to Ferric Phosphate where appropriate

  • Contracted provision of stubble raking in areas of the farm that have previously been badly affected by slug damage

Programme Sponsors & Delivery Partners