Environmental Policy

Wellsfield Farm is committed to ensuring that the natural and built environment, upon which Wellsfield 
Farm is so dependent, is safeguarded in a sustainable manner for future generations to enjoy. 
We are committed to continuing to improve our environmental performance, minimising our 
environmental impact and making resource efficiency a core requirement of all our operations. 
We will seek to promote good practice by others. 
Our Organisation: 

Wellsfield Farm monitors and manages its consumption and use of energy and fuels. We have 
reduced our energy and fuels consumption in recent years and will continue to work towards reducing 
the consumption of energy and to reduce our contribution to emissions of gases and other pollutants 
which are believed to contribute to climate change. We will endeavour to investigate the feasibility of 
generating power from renewable energy generation projects. 
Wellsfield Farm monitors and manages its consumption and use of water. We have reduced our 
consumption of potable water in recent years and will continue to work towards reducing the 
consumption of water at Wellsfield Farm within our buildings, facilities and lands. We have also 
reduced our water wastage by minimising losses via uncontrolled discharges to the land and will 
continue to do so. 

Wellsfield Farm has reduced the volume of waste in recent years. We will continue to work toward 
reducing the volume of waste within our buildings and on the farm, wherever possible, by:
  • reducing consumption of
  • repairing
  • re-using
  • recycling

All materials used within our buildings and on the farm both in daily operations and in construction 
and other projects. 

Where possible, Wellsfield Farm will monitor and manage its consumption and use of other resources 
and materials used within its bounds, working to minimise our reliance on non-renewable resources 
and to avoid use of any hazardous substances. 
Organic Recycling 

Wellsfield Farm continuously recycles various organic waste products on the farm, which in turn 
reduces our consumption of non-organic man made products. The majority of fodder crops grown on 
the farm are consumed sustainably on the farm. 
Carbon Footprint 

Wellsfield Farm has reduced its net Carbon Footprint significantly in recent years and will continue to 
reduce this where possible. This has been achieved by reducing emissions to the atmosphere, for 
example reduction in combustion of waste and by using more efficient agricultural machinery. We will 
encourage all visitors and clients of Wellsfield Farm to reduce their consumption and reduce their 
carbon footprint. The average UK residents Carbon Footprint is 10 tonnes of CO2 per year. 
We have planted over 50,000 trees and 25,000 hedgerow shrubs since 1985. Many of these are 
deciduous trees and will absorb up to 50,000 tonnes of CO2 during their lifetime, which will offset 
5000 peoples Carbon Footprint for one year. Each tree will absorb 1 tonne of CO2 in its 100 year 
average lifetime. 

Wellsfield Farm has recently enhanced wildlife biodiversity and will continue to seek to enhance the 
biodiversity value of the farm. Wellsfield Farm promotes wildlife and nature conservation and is 
involved in many Green, Ecological, Environmental & Bio-diversity projects to enhance natural wildlife 

The following conservation projects have been completed, or are currently underway and being 
managed at Wellsfield Farm to increase and enhance natural wildlife and their habitats:

  • Creation and Planting of Amenity, Fir & Pine, Deciduous Woodland
  • Creation and Planting of Hedgerows & Beetle banks
  • Creation of Field Buffer Zones
  • Woodland Management (Planting, Cutting, Coppicing, Brashing)
  • Arable Crop Rotation
  • Pasture Management
  • Creation and Planting of Wildflowers and Special Species of Wild Grass for Butterflies
  • Creation of Wildlife Ponds, Lochans & Water Bodies (Permanent & Seasonal) for Fish, Aquatic Species and Migratory Birds
  • Creation & Upgrading of Water Margins
  • Creation of Game Cover Crop Areas
  • Grassland Bird Management
  • Deer Management
  • Bee Hive Apery
  • Bird Hide
  • Extensive Bird Nest Box Placement (Woodpeckers, Finches, Songbirds)
  • Floating Islands for Mute Swan, Moorhen, Coot and Little Grebe Nests
  • Creation of Nature Walks & Horse Riding Bridal Paths
  • Drystone Dyke Upgrading
  • Boundary Fencing of Streams (Prevention of silting up - livestock)
  • Opening up of Redundant Roads for Educational Nature Trails
  • Invasive Species Management
  • Organic Recycling

Pollution Risk
We have recently conducted farm steading and farm lands diffuse pollution audits to reduce the risk of 
diffuse pollution to the environment. The farms layout and operational design allows for the 
separation of dirty run-off water from clean run-off water, to avoid dirty water entering any 
watercourses where fish and other species live. We have relocated fuel tanks and we have reduced 
our stocks of other hazardous items to minimise spillage risk. 

Wellsfield Farm is managed to reduce flooding as far as is reasonably practicable. The lands are 
drained using traditional clay tiles which are maintained well and issue freely to the surface. The 
impoundments at Wellsfield Trout Fishery (the 3 fishing Lochans) are designed to store flood water 
and discharge accumulations slowly - which in turn reduces flooding in the downstream watercourses 
of the River Carron catchment. 
Wellsfield Farm will monitor and work to reduce its contribution to environmental emissions from travel 
undertaken, deliveries made to and from the farm and from vehicles and machinery used for business 
Wellsfield Farm will purchase goods and services to minimise adverse environmental effects. 
Wellsfield Farm will seek to undertake sustainable procurement actions that comply with EC 
regulatory requirements and UK Government policy on public procurement and its requirement to 
provide best value. 
Wellsfield Farm will use local suppliers where appropriate and will encourage its suppliers to commit 
to improving environmental performance.
Our staff
We recognise the responsibility staff have in contributing to good sustainable environmental 
management. Wellsfield Farm will seek to harness and channel the enthusiasm and interest shown by 
staff and will provide appropriate information and support to ensure that all staff exercise their 
environmental responsibility. 
Our visitors 

Wellsfield Farm will encourage our visitors to cherish our environment so that it can be appreciated by 
future generations. We will seek to raise awareness amongst our visitors of the impact that tourism 
can have and what they can do to reduce their impact. There are many walks and trails for people to 
explore the flora & fauna of Wellsfield Farm. 
Our business partners
Wellsfield Farm will promote environmental good practice to its business partners, encouraging a 
shared responsibility to protecting the environment that brings so many of our visitors. 
Wellsfield Farm will incorporate the principles set out in this environmental policy into its day to day 
operations developing appropriate:

  • procedures for day-to-day operations
  • annual targets
  • action plans

This environmental policy and our targets will be reviewed annually.

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