The farm extends to an area of 3,500 acres, of which 1,650 acres are in arable cropping, and 1,850 acres in grassland
The ethos of the farm is to produce the very best quality products as sympathetically to the environment as possible.
The mixed farming system provides the opportunity to apply manure on a rotational basis to maintain and build organic matter in the soil. This helps to retain moisture and provides the perfect habitat for earthworms, soil bacteria and fungi. The soil is the basis of all we do and we have to work to preserve it and look after it.
The mainly siltstone soils are light and easy to work, enabling a range of crops to be grown. However, with the rock so close to the surface, moisture retention is poor and we look forward to rain on a weekly basis in May and June to support the growing crops and grass.
To help achieve our environmental credentials very little inorganic fertiliser is used on the grassland and the whole farm is within an agri- environment scheme. The objectives of the scheme are to provide habitats to encourage farmland birds, small mammals and to preserve a patchwork of traditional old meadows which are rich in wild flowers and are interspersed with historic field boundaries, some of which will be laid in the traditional manner.