Environmental qualifications for Co-operative Farm managers

April 21, 2009

Two managers of sites run by The Co-operative Farms have earned important environmental qualifications.

James Taylor, who runs The Co-operative’s farm at Down Ampney, in Gloucestershire, and Keith Daly, who runs a farm near Ongar in Essex, have both completed a Biodiversity and Environmental Training for Advisers (BETA) qualification run by agricultural training provider BASIS.

BETA training includes modules covering conservation, sustainable farming, crop protection, wildlife and landscape management, use of pesticides and farm waste and pollution management.

By completing the qualification, James and Keith have each earned a BETA Certificate in Biodiversity and Environmental Training.

Among environmental initiatives already in place at both farms are strips left in fields to provide nesting sites for skylarks, and corners of fields sown with a wild flower mix to create a feeding ground for birds during winter.

The Co-operative Farms is the UK’s largest farming business, with about 60,000 acres at sites across England and Scotland, and grows food sold in The Co-operative Food stores.