Nick, together with his father, farm West Stoke Farm on the Hampshire Downs, just north of Winchester. West Stoke Farms forms part of John Rowsell Limited, which is a complex and dispersed enterprise, with land situated on two main sites. Some 140 hectares are in agri-environment schemes. Nick does not follow a rigid crop rotation but balances his decisions based on sound agronomics and market conditions.
I believe we at the forefront of environmentally responsible farming. This was one of the main reasons I joined LEAF. I became aware of LEAF at an event and thought “ah, that’s what we’re doing”. Becoming a member has enabled us to implement the principles of IFM in a more formal and less ‘ad-hoc’ way.