The Estate consists of around 22ha of agricultural land on the other side of the A426. It is managed both for grazing by Jason’s flock of organic sheep and for conservation under the Natural England Stewardship Scheme, with areas planted as wild bird cover and pollen and nectar mixes. The parkland is ridge and furrow unimproved grassland, a vestige of our medieval past and possibly even the site of the 5,000 strong Enclosures Riot in 1607. The Quattrocentenary commemorative sculpture is located close to the boundary where it provides a focal point for visitors on farm walks and can also be seen from the public footpath. Since 2002 under the Stewardship Scheme we have established field margins, planted young hedges and parkland trees, and much more.
We welcome visitors for farm walks in groups of six or more – just contact us any time and we’ll book a time to suit you. Or come to Open Farm Sunday in June – check website nearer the time for details.
The Seed Fiddle
As part of the Organic Entry Level Scheme we put an area over to Pollen and Nectar in summer 2010, which is essentially a grass free wildflower mix to encourage bees and butterflies. We found and restored an old seed fiddle as Tom was keen to try using low carbon traditional methods. You can see a video clip on the NGF website