Northamptonshire LEAF Marque farmer Duncan Farrington, producer of Farrington's MELLOW YELLOW® Rapeseed Oil, has spent time over the past eighteen months working with the BBC, and writer, broadcaster and gardener Sarah Raven, on a three part documentary set to get the nation buzzing.
In the first of a three part series to be shown on BBC 2 Television, the team visits Duncan at Bottom Farm, Hargrave to discover how in recent years, he has replaced much of the lost hedging and is constantly looking for innovative ideas to encourage wildlife onto the farm. Duncan investigates sowing modern perennial wildflower 'margins' around crops on his farm to support pollinating insects, and to benefit his crop productivity.
Duncan says "I am very proud to have been involved in this exiting programme looking at how we can take simple measures to try and reverse some of the declines in our native bumblebees and other pollinating insects on our farmland. With the help and advice of organizations such as LEAF we have been carrying out a number of habitat enhancement ideas on our family farm over the last ten years or more."
Pollinators are in crisis. It's a complex problem that scientists the world over are trying to fathom, but the prognosis is grim - without healthy populations of insect pollinators across the world, our food security is under threat. Backed by recent research, Sarah Raven believes that central to the problem is a lack of food and habitat, leading to the poor health and nutrition of our pollinators. A lack of a rich and varied supply of pollen and nectar throughout the year to feed our insect pollination workforce and keep them strong and healthy; is leaving them vulnerable to the effects of pesticides, pathogens and parasites.
Our pollinating insects are vital to the production of the vast majority of the fruits and vegetables we need in our healthy diets. If we don\'t start to look after our pollinators, eventually our favourite foods could vanish from our supermarket shelves, from apples and pears through to coffee and chocolate. Not to mention Rapeseed oil!
As governments and scientists debate colony collapse, and species extinctions of Butterflies and Bumblebees, Sarah wants to show us that we could all make a difference right now.
Due to be aired on Wednesdays 8th, 15th and 23rd February at 8pm on BBC 2, Sarah travels the length of the country visiting Birmingham, Harrogate, Leicester and Northamptonshire.
Bees, Butterflies and Birds with Sarah Raven, due to be aired on Wednesday 8th, 15th and 23rd February at 8pm on BBC 2 Farrington's MELLOW YELLOW® cold pressed rapeseed oil, is grown, pressed and bottled on the family farm in Northamptonshire to LEAF Marque standards.
Farrington Oils Limited:
Bottom Farm, Hargrave, Wellingborough, Northants, NN9 6BP.
Tel: 01933 622809 / Email: firstname.lastname@example.org