Humberstone Bank Farm
The first farm to be signed up to a Beyond Nature tenancy was Humberstone Bank Farm at the head of the Wasburn Valley near Harrogate. Humberstone Bank Farm is a large upland farm with 904 hectares of protected moors and grazing land.
Meet the tenant
Jonathan Grayshon took over the farm in 2016 with an ambition for the farm to become a leading example of sustainable land management. Jonathan is working on a range of projects that are helping to achieve his Beyond Nature vision.
Traditional hay meadows are being restored on grassland close to the farm. These flower-rich meadows are a rare and important habitat.
Wildlife and sediment pond
A wildlife and sediment pond has been built on the farm. It will improve water quality by reducing the amount of sediment that enters the watercourse, while also providing a habitat for fish, birds and insects.
A new herd of Belted Galloway cattle have been introduced to the farm. Their grazing helps break up dense areas of rough grass and improve wildlife habitats.
Tackling Climate Change
Humberstone Bank Farm has huge potential to tackle climate change by storing carbon in its woodlands and on moorland peat. Plans are in place to restore large areas of peat bog so more carbon can stored.
Almost 6,000 trees have been planted on the farm with the help of conservation volunteers from Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Learning and Research
The Humberstone Hub was completed in summer 2018. This traditional farm building has now been converted into a space for hosting meetings and educational visits.
The Hub has been popular for meetings - its remote location and peaceful setting are great for away days - it’s also been a popular base for visitors who want to learn more about the farm or carry out research.
Humberstone Bank farm recently received a Social Impact Award from the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors for its Beyond Nature initiatives.