1a. Recognise that all beings are interdependent and every form of life has value regardless of its worth to human beings.

Our original aim was to protect ourselves from the polluting chemicals used by farmers all around us and recreate the original downland landscape that we fell in love with so many years ago.

The conversion to organic farming has been an immensely positive experience. We have witnessed the miraculous generosity of nature as the countryside around us has come back to life and, with the return of myriad birds, wild flowers, small mammals, reptiles and insect life, land which was turning into an arid prairie has been transformed to a rich tapestry of wildlife.

Peter Kindersley, Sheepdrove

We have witnessed the miraculous generosity of nature as the countryside around us has come back to life

The Sheepdrove story began over 30 years ago, when Peter and Juliet Kindersley bought a dilapidated farmhouse on the windswept Berkshire Downs to practice their dream of self-sufficiency. Today Sheepdrove is a thriving organic farm and Eco Conference Centre at the heart of the local community.

Britain’s smallest butterfly, the Small Blue, was known to have colonies close by. Two chalky sites were chosen, carefully prepared and seeded with kidney vetch. In 2010, the first butterflies were spotted and eggs found on the kidney vetch flowerheads. In 2011, Small Blues were also found at the other site. Now additional sites are being planned.

1. Respect Earth and life in all its diversity.