We understand that our business is dependent on our environment and we aim to sustain it to guarantee a prosperous future of food production for the generations ahead.
Laurence J Betts Ltd is committed to its responsibilities of maintaining our environment and farming in a sustainable manner.
The farm encourages wild flowers and has an on-going policy of maintaining and sowing wild flower meadows to encourage wildlife, such as bees. Rare species of flowers have been spotted on site, including the Bee Orchid and the Grass Vetching.
Solar panels have been invested in to provide a replacement of electricity used by the farm and its operations.
Money has been spent on reservoirs for increased capacity of water on our different farming sites.
On-going investment into energy efficiency is taking place. New technology in cold storage and in machinery is constantly being invested in to help reduce energy usage.
There is constant maintenance of our woodland areas in a sustainable manner.
The farm has a very sustainable approach to farming. All of our farming operations take place with great consideration to the impact on the environment.
The farm participates in a five year environmental scheme which involves leaving uncropped areas of the farm to encourage wildlife.
There have been on-going projects around the farm to encourage bird presence. This includes nesting boxes for owls and designated strips for skylark nesting. Through surveys conducted by the RSPB there have been some fantastic results seen around the farm, including an increasing number of birds of prey.
The yard surrounds Offham church which is in an historic conservation area and is classed by Kent county council as a site of historic importance.
A Farm Biodiversity Plan has been written up for the farm, which assesses the current biodiversity and lays out future sustainability programmes.