Les and family share the work load of looking after their free range hens, situated east of Durham. Many trees have been planted by the family to give shelter and protection for the birds.
The farm has a specific Bio-diversity Action Plan which helped identify the right species. The tree planting scheme was specifically designed to reflect the composition of the local mixed broadleaf woodland. Trees planted include Ash, Dowdy Birch and Rowan, with a small selection of Sessile Oak, Bord Cherry and Alder. Shrubs include Hawthorne and Hazel and Goat Willow with one or two fast growing trees like Hybrid Poplar and Willow for quicker cover and a few pine and spruce to give cover in winter.
The area is rich in wildlife – with Barn Owls, Pipistrelle Bats and Black Grouse who really appreciate the berry produciung tree species.