Did you know, the first time you buy from Vine House Farm wild bird food £10 is donated to Norfolk Wildlife Trust, with up to a further 4% of sales on an ongoing basis?
The Wildlife Trusts have been in partnership with conservation award-winning Vine House Farm since 2007. They farm in a way that encourages wildlife by offering a wide range of habitats, while growing, packing and dispatching bird seed direct from their Lincolnshire farm, ensuring that their family-run business always operates in an environmentally-friendly way.
During their long term commitment to supporting The Wildlife Trusts’ work, in protecting and restoring areas for nature and inspiring people to experience wildlife first-hand, Vine House Farm has donated in excess of £2m to The Wildlife Trusts, with more than £60,000 coming to Norfolk Wildlife Trust.
Craig Bennett, Chief Executive of The Wildlife Trusts said:
“Through their own love of wildlife, and working for nature, Nicholas Watts and his family have enabled many other people to experience the joy of nature in their homes and gardens and in doing so to provide fantastic support to the work of Wildlife Trusts.
“Vine House Farm’s magnificent long-term support for The Wildlife Trusts means we’ve been able to restore wildflower meadows, and wetlands, and enable more people to feel the health and wellbeing benefits of connecting with nature. Customers of Vine House Farm who are feeding their garden birds are playing an important part too, helping wildlife thrive to support nature’s recovery.
“We are extremely grateful to Nicholas and his family for their support and look forward to working with them for many years to come.”
Fourth-generation farmer Nicholas has been working the land at Vine House Farm in Deeping St Nicholas, Lincolnshire, since he was a boy. His bird watching hobby became part of his work in 1992, leading to an MBE for his wildlife conservation work and wildlife-friendly farm management, and many other awards.
Nicholas Watts MBE, said: “Farming this way is a way of life for us and it brings about great pleasure to see wildlife thriving. I have always enjoyed feeding birds and now I am feeding more than I could ever have imagined with the help of our customers!”
Over the last 20 years, thanks to wildlife-friendly measures put in place at the farm, barn owl and whitethroat numbers have quadrupled, and tree sparrow and lapwing numbers have increased ten-fold.