CASE STUDY: Ivinghoe Aston Farm, traditional orchard
Ivinghoe Aston Farm is using a Farming in Protected Landscapes grant to restore and expand a neglected traditional orchard, with benefits for the landscape, wildlife, climate change and local people.
Ivinghoe Aston Farm is a mixed farm located on the boundary of the Chilterns AONB. The farm used to have an operational orchard but it became neglected in the early twentieth century.
This Farming in Protected Landscapes project is enabling the orchard to be restored and expanded to create an active yet traditional orchard with benefits for the landscape, the farm, wildlife, climate change and local people.
A Farming in Protected Landscapes grant of £32,557 was approved, with the total project costing £41,452.
Keys to success
The enthusiasm and hard work of Neil Ashby (farmer) has ensured the project has got off to a successful start. In addition, the application was well supported by the FiPL assessment panel.
“I believe fundamentally that land uses like traditional orchards are needed both for enriching the environment and bringing participation of the rural community. I also deeply believe that these orchards and other conservation efforts don’t have to compete with or infringe modern agriculture, but can in fact augment and improve it. I’m very thankful for the support of the Chiltern Conservation Board, as this has given me the chance to make a real tangible difference to the local environment. I’m eagerly anticipating sharing this project as the trees grow and establish.”
Neil Ashby, farmer.