Johnny Wake is the Managing Partner of Courteenhall Farms, a diverse rural estate business in Northamptonshire which he has grown substantially since taking over in 2013.
He has overseen the journey to a regenerative agriculture system, promoting soil health and biodiversity. He has also taken Courteenhall back into mixed farming, by building a broiler chicken farm, heated by ground source heat pumps, and is on the cusp of returning Traditional Hereford cattle to the land after an absence of six decades.
Johnny has led Courteenhall into a very large Countryside Stewardship Scheme and chairs the Tove Valley Cluster Farm group – a group of local farmers and landowners who work together synergistically to promote biodiversity and water quality in their area. Johnny also sits on the CLA Policy Committee, has set up an educational programme at Courteenhall for local schools and has made it the first farming business to become a member of the Good Business Charter.
This session, chaired by CLA President Mark Tufnell, will explore the range of practical approaches taken by three CLA members towards climate-friendly farming and managing natural capital.