Our sustainable farming approach
The farm is run as a traditional mixed farm with arable crops grown on the tops of the downs while our organic, native breed sheep flock grazes the steep coombes, valley floors and permanent pasture.
This combination is enhanced with wildlife friendly headlands, bird food and nesting plots and thereby provides a mosaic of habitats that encourages wildlife and allows species to travel across the farm. Our downs are rich with a diverse array of native flower species including orchids and other less common species such as Broom Rape and are largely classified as Sites of Special Scientific interest (SSSI’s). This diversity in turn supports a vibrant and varied population of pollinators, including the rare Adonis Blue butterfly, and mammals including species that are in decline, such as hare, hedgehogs and harvest mice.
In order to maintain this diversity we employ an extensive grazing system – running just 220 breeding ewes and their lambs over 200 acres of grassland. This extensive system allows us to rear high quality lamb, hogget and mutton on grass and herbs alone.
With low numbers we are also able to maintain superior flock welfare while minimising use of medicines such as wormers and antibiotics.