Arable reversion, North Norfolk
Since 1994, a farm in Norfolk has converted c.2 ha of arable land to grassland under MAFFs Countryside Stewardship Scheme. The seed mixes used were collected by hand from within 2-3 miles of the farm, in order to conserve local genetic resources. 0.6 ha were sowed in 1994 and 1.3 ha in 1997.
Documentation follows about the methods used:
1994 seed mix: criteria and drilling
Hand collection enabled the use of diverse seed mixes. In 1997 the mix for a 6 m grass margin covering 0.5 ha included 105 species. The process of spending time at sites collecting seeds has led to several interesting plant discoveries. However, hand-collecting is slow, so it has meant we have used low seed rates (under 3 kg/ha). Despite this, the area sown in 1994 is establishing well. (As at 1999)