The New Year is in full swing and we are starting to feel the benefit from the slightly longer nights. The whiff of spring cannot be too far away and we are already planning ahead at Orchard Farm with new animals and new crops on the horizon.
The Duke of Marlborough has paid tribute to his forestry foreman Nick Baimbridge after he received a Long Service Award from the Royal Forestry Society, praising him as the ‘quintessential carer’ of the Estate's woodlands and landscape.
Our wild bees and common butterflies have been in decline over the past 50 years. Wild flowers in the countryside have also de- creased, making it more important to provide habitats where these insects can find two rich sources of food - nectar and pollen.
We have passed the Spring equinox and can start to enjoy light mornings and longer light in the evening. I am sure that it is a delight for most as you always seem to get more done during the daylight hours don’t you?
The Foundation are delighted to have been awarded a grant by the National Forest Company under its Changing Landscapes Scheme to plant 2,000 broadleaf trees and shrubs creating new wildlife habitats and parkland areas for visitors and users at the Foundation to enjoy.
Palm oil is an edible vegetable oil derived from the fruit of oil palm trees. These oil palms are usually grown across the equator but mostly in Indonesia and Malaysia which account for more than 90% of palm oil production today.
In 2014 Blenheim Palace, with the support of Natural England, embarked on a project to halt the decline in farmland birds by focussing neatly 200 acres of arable land across the Estate to a wide range of environmental techniques.