John Saul Ltd enjoys and respects the environment in which it works and endeavours to undertake responsible environmental practices to reflect the different natural landscapes.
It has two different farming environments: our Leverton and Friskney farms are an Outmarsh location and is situated next to The Wash, a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Large arable fields are bordered by drainage ditches or dykes whose margins are managed to the benefit of wildlife. These ditches could be described as inverted hedgerows and provide similar nesting cover and food for birds. Inner sea banks are planted with indigenous trees and a conservation officer is employed to help protect the local wildlife.
Spilsby farm, being on the edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds, is covered by woodlands, hedgerows, (over 11 km of hedgerows have been planted), lakes, permanent grassland and active management provides for nesting and feeding areas for wildlife.
The tidal outmarsh is managed and grazed under the Higher Level Stewardship scheme and provides suitable habitats for nesting birds in the summer, (waders), and feeding geese, (Brent), in the winter. The farm enjoys a wide variety of wildlife and includes English Partridge, Hares, Roe and Muntjac Deer, Corn Bunting, Green and Spotted Woodpeckers, Egrets, Buzzards, Marsh Harriers, to name a few. We also have feeding stations and wintering areas for migrating birds such as Curlew, Golden Plover, Knots, Dunlin and Brent Geese. Breeding Oyster Catcher nests are sympathetically managed and maintained during nesting season. A Barn and Little Owl conservation programme is operational at both farms and nesting boxes are checked annually by conservation officers.
We operate a full recycling programme on the farm that includes cardboard, plastic, metal, oil and wood.
We endeavour to reduce carbon emissions whenever possible by installing modern, efficient technologies. These include a 1,012 panel Photovoltaic solar system on our packhouse facility roof generating electricity for our cold stores year round.