Business Guardians

 

Over time, we will be adding individual case studies to this page to showcase the different businesses and organisations who supporting us, and what else they are doing to make a difference. Find out more about how your business could be part of our scheme, take a look at what we are doing About rewilding then sign up today

DAC Planning

DAC Planning is a planning consultancy based in Colchester, Essex and working with local authorities and local communities countrywide. As planners, they have an acute awareness of the need to plan for a sustainable future in their day to day work. This involves formulating policies to require future developments to incorporate climate change mitigation and adaptation measures and developing plans for sustainable cities and communities of the future.

As an SME, DAC Planning has been seeking an opportunity to enact small scale, but impactful change. DAC Planning considered various carbon offsetting and tree planting initiatives, until they came across the local rewilding project at Jordan’s Farm. After a visit to Jordan’s Farm, DAC Planning was inspired by the rewilding efforts of Alex. It was clear this was the perfect fit.

How DAC Planning is giving back to the local environment

As part of the on going management plan we have to maintain the grassland. DAC’s Guardianship has enabled us to strategically cut the improved pasture this year. By doing this we aim to ‘mimic’  the grazing that was once carried out by the animals that used to live in our landscape. This will increase the variety of the plants in the grassland by overtime, diminishing the dominance of the agricultural grasses.  Grass cutting may not seem an exciting activity but it is crucial. Deciding on where and how much to cut is important. For example, given we have Barn Owls in residence it is very important that we cut no shorter than 15 cm to maintain a deep thatch of grass in which mice and voles can live.  The reduction in rough grassland in the UK and therefore a food source,  is one of the reasons of the decline of this beautiful farmland bird.

Thank you to DAC Planning for your help.

IMG

IMG is one of the world’s largest producers of sports programming, producing cutting-edge multi-media content that makes sports come alive for fans around the world. The team recognises their influence and responsibility with such a prominent position in the public imagination and promotes important issues such as racial equality, LGBT acceptance, and a healthy lifestyle. IMG understands that it is also vital to take steps to support the environment and make a positive difference to HELP COMBAT global warming.

As such, IMG is taking in-house steps to change its actions and reduce its impact on this planet to help secure a future for generations to come. Following a visit by Alex at Jordan’s Farm to the company’s studios in Stockley Park, IMG was delighted to sign up as a Rewilding Business Guardian to support this project.

How IMG is giving back to the local environment

IMG’s Guardianship has enabled us to carry out some crucial baseline surveying: testing the carbon content of our soils. Soils store carbon, and the healthier the soil the more atmospheric carbon is ‘locked away’ each year. Soils are therefore a crucial part of the jigsaw to reduce the impacts of global warming. Healthy soils will also enable us to grow the food we need. It is estimated we have only 100 harvests left in average UK farmland. That’s 30 years. Therefore, we are measuring the carbon content of our soil so we can monitor our progress as the project progresses. Thank you, IMG.

NFU Mutual Colchester

NFU Mutual Colchester agency are a friendly team of experts dedicated to providing a personal and professional service offering a variety of insurance products and financial planning services. They take time to get to know their customers and to understand their individual needs, and then tailor a solution to suit the specific requirements of both their individual and business customers.

Due to their strong farming roots, NFU Mutual Colchester agency is keen to support Jordan’s Farm rewilding project to give back to the environment and get involved with the local community.”

How NFU Mutual Colchester is giving back to the local environment

NFU Mutual Colchester’s Guardianship has paid for biodegradable tree guards which we have used to protect the trees and shrubs planted to shelter the new ghost ponds from the wind. They will also create habitat for mammals, amphibians and birds that we hope will be attracted to the ponds. A careful balance between an open aspect for sunlight to reach the water and vegetation is required to enable maximum biodiversity and ensure a healthy living pond. The trees and shrubs have been planted quite densely to allow for failures but also created a dense thicket which will, we hope, in the future attract and shelter some of our rarer birds, such as the Nightingale who need tall and thick ‘scrub’ or hedgerows. Thank you, NFU.

 

Rapid Office Essex

Rapid Office is an Office furniture consultancy based in Essex. We understand our responsibility with regards to the environment and sustainable practices. We are currently working towards full ISO 14001 accreditation and hope to exceed these standards by implementing new policies which address environmental issues. It also goes without saying that Rapid is committed to supplying products from manufacturers that are FSC accredited, and we look at the sustainable nature in which these products are produced.

We encourage our clients to look at the longer-term picture when redesigning there office spaces and the impact they will have on the future.

How Rapid Office is giving back to the local environment

Rapid Office Essex Guardianship has enabled us to continue management activities which help create a home for nature. This includes hedgerow regeneration and hedge laying, Hedges are essential in the UK for wildlife as a source of food, shelter and a transport corridor. They also sequester carbon and are a refuge for plant species no longer present in fields or gardens.

Hedge regeneration seems harsh to begin with, cutting old shrubs to around 10 to 20cm from ground from which they can reshoot. We then plant new hedgerow plants and protect all from deer with the cut branches.. If the shrubs were left, they would eventually reach the end of their life and die. The hedge would be lost.

Hedge laying is the cutting of a hedgerow stem close to the ground and then laying it over at 45 degrees so that it forms a strong thick base to the hedge. The plant regrows from the partially cut stem. Both methods help prolong the life of the hedge and thicken them up, great for nesting birds as well as producing a stock proof ‘fence’ if needed.

These activities all take time, and your support is really appreciated. Thank you, Rapid Office.