Stewardship and specialist crops
Environmental stewardship requires specialist adviceand Frontier provides that through its division, Kings. Working closely with Natural England, Kings develops seed mixtures to fit the requirements of stewardship schemes in England and Scotland, helping customers stay within legislation whilst making the most of their environmental opportunities.
This year has seen continued growth in the use of cover crops to improve soil structure and manage weed and pest burdens. Kings is working with a number of organisations to research the benefits of cover crops in environmental management, including a unique trial in Dorset, where we are testing the effects of cover crops on fertiliser run off into Poole Harbour.
Kings has partnered with the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust at its Loddington Estate for over five years now, researching the benefits of specific habitat creation for pollinating species. This year we have extended our association to include an assessment of the benefits of cover crops on farmland habitats as well as on soil and water health.