It was time to pay the rent for farmer Jamie Dodd yesterday – but the £500 he pays to Palm Paper to graze his sheep on land near the mill site is money well spent as far as nature is concerned. Palm Paper match Mr Dodd’s rent with £500 of its own and donate the lot to the Norfolk Wildlife Trust to maintain the land, which was designated a county wildlife site in the 1980s.
Wolfgang Palm, chief executive officer of Palm Paper, was on hand to help present the £1,000 cheque yesterday.
Mr Dodd began grazing 40 ewes and lambs on the site in February 2013 and this year plans to have up to 160 grazing the longer grasses at the eastern and northern parts of the site. The grazing improves the quality of the areas which boasts breeding marsh harriers and Cetti’s warblers, reed warblers and sedge warblers, great creasted newts, grass snakes and other small lizards.
Pictured from left to right are Graham Thomas, of the Norfolk Wildlife Trust, John Nathan, Palm Paper Environment, Jamie Dodd, Stephan Gruber, Palm Paper, and Dr Wolfgang Palm.
Photo: ALAN MILLER MLNF14AM02275