Bob Simpson and his family farm at Castlemains on the edge of the village of Dirleton, less than two miles west of North Berwick, East Lothian.

The arable farm covers 235 hectares with a mix of winter wheat, spring barley, oilseed rape, winter barley, combining peas, potatoes and Brussels sprouts.

With a good climate and fertile soil, Castlemains is ideal for a varied crop rotation that helps maintain soil structure and nutrients.

Bob has volunteered to work with SRUC as a Climate Change Focus Farm. Over the three year initiative, with help from SRUC and industry specialists, Bob and the farm discussion group will consider practical ways to profit from improved farm efficiency which in turn can reduce the farm carbon footprint.

How can you benefit from work at Castlemains?

Reducing the farm carbon footprint can save you money. Covering topics ranging from reducing farm energy use to improving and protecting soil fertility, a series of on-farm discussion group meetings and visits are planned to help you revisit practical ways to benefit the farm business. Meetings are free to attend and all farmers are welcome.