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Famous M62 farm opens its gates to become more environmentally friendly

Everybody who drives past it always feels the same sense of intrigue, but Stott Hall Farm is making changes to the way its run in order to become more environmentally friendly.


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Stott Hall farm has been at the centre of much interest for many, many years
Stott Hall farm has been at the centre of much interest for many, many years
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It is known as ’the farm on the M62’, infamous in its own right.

 

Yet the same question arises time after time: Why is it there, slap bang in the middle of an extremely busy motorway?

 

 

 

As it turns out, geographical reasons meant the road couldn’t be safely built where the farm lies, which is the West of Huddersfield, West Yorkshire.

 

As a great point of interest to anyone who passes, the farm actually opened its gates on Thursday November 2, after joining the Beyond Nature programme - a scheme belonging to Yorkshire Water with the aim to protect wildlife, water quality and carbon storage.

 

The project

The farm, owned by Yorkshire Water, will look to implement many changes and restoration tecniques in a bid to become more climate and environmentally friendly.

 

With traditional livestock farming methods already in play as 900 breeding ewes roam the moors surrounding, restoring peatland bog is a vital part of the new process to help lock carbon-dioxide in to the land.

 

Also, by re-wetting the moors and raising the water table, natural flood management resiliance will improve.

 

The future

Despite its somewhat quirky location, the farm is a natural habitat for certain types of birds and with time, this can be improved to increase the population of key speicies such as snipe.

 

The farm is also looking to become a key learning centre for students, with plans to open a scientific and educational hub for agricultural pupils to carry on out environmental studies.

 

Lisa Harrowsmith,a lead surveyor at Yorkshire Water said the the Thorp family who farm at Stott Hall are involved in this new vision that enables things like wildlife, peatland and meadows to thrive whilst still maintaing a successful enterprise alongside.

 

 


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