Goodbye Bill

Bill the dog passed away after 15 years and 20000 miles of field walking.


Many thanks to all our farmers for being his friend.

ECM continue to give the hedgehog a helping hand

Meet the latest recruits to benefit from ECM’s ongoing ‘Help The Hedgehog’ campaign.


Hedgehogs have undergone a dramatic decline in recent years and we are proud to continue to help in increasing awareness of their plight, protecting and enhancing their natural habitats, encouraging greater appreciation and participation in all aspects of nature conservation.

“James Higginbotham, you saved my life”

A personal message from Peter Clare, Managing Director of ECM, to the man who saved him from choking to death

“I was at the Grosvenor Arms in Alford and started to really choke. Couldn’t breathe or swallow for two minutes, then James Higginbotham appeared and gave me the Heimlich Manoeuvre (a procedure for dislodging an obstruction from a person’s wind pipe).

All well now. James, thank you so much – it’s great not to have choked to death!”



Peter presenting a thankyou bottle of Champagne to James at the offices of the Wheatsheaf Group, where he works


For the past three years ECM have been running a ‘Help the Hedgehog’ scheme designed to boost the numbers of animals living in the wild.

The last hedgehogs to be released back into the wild by Peter Clare before winter sets in

The scheme, which is on-going, addresses the problem of declining hedgehog numbers, which have dropped by over 25% in the past ten years. There is a real danger that hedgehogs could become extinct by 2050. Their decline is due to road kill, loss of hedgerows, loss of rough grassland margins and predation by badgers. Hedgehogs have moved into a more urban environment but this has an increased risk of road kill and problems associated with highly fenced and manicured gardens.

Hedgehogs live on a diet of worms, slugs, spiders and grubs which are most commonly found in hedgerows and rough grassland. ECM has helped farmers improve and increase these important habitats in the past 20 years and has detailed local knowledge of their location in the North West of England on our clients’ farms.

ECM at Cheshire Ploughing Match

Record number of visitors to the ECM marquee


Thanks to everybody who joined us for lunch at The Cheshire Ploughing Match on 30 September – a glorious day and some terrific demonstrations. It was good to catch up with so many people.


ECM selected as a representative to raise standards in agriculture alongside the Prime Minister

Press release from the Parliamentary Review:

ECM has been selected to represent agriculture alongside David Cameron in the 2014 Parliamentary Review. The publication, which has several versions based on key policy areas, has the involvement of the Prime Minister, leading Cabinet ministers including George Osborne and Matthew Hancock, and other outstanding executives who have been selected to showcase best practice as a learning tool to their peers.

The Agriculture Edition of The Parliamentary Review consists of a political commentary, summarizing the year in agriculture along with a look back at the events in Westminster. The commentary is written by several of the UK’s leading journalists – Mark Kinver – the BBC’s Environment correspondent and Mark D’Arcy – the BBC’s Parliamentary correspondent.