Agroforestry & orchards

“Cherries, damsons, quince, dessert pears, apricots, almonds, raspberries, mixed berries and more.”

Helen Browning

My latest folly is the planting of thousands of trees at Lower Farm. I’ve long been fascinated by some of the permaculture ideas, and how we can integrate productive trees into our farmland to improve overall productivity while enhancing wildlife, and protecting soils.

Finally we have some land of our own, where I can trial these ideas. So this winter we have planted Barn Field with orchard trees, berries and nuts, having fenced in securely against deer, rabbits and foxes. No, foxes don’t eat trees, but Sophie and Dai have a lovely flock of laying hens, producing eggs for the pub and Chop House, and they are very happy amongst the new plantings.

We’ve planted loads of different varieties of each, so lots of testing to do on flavour. It will be a year or two (quite a lot longer for some of them) before there’s much to try, but it has already changed the feel of this heavy clay land, and we will be continuing to plant more on wide spacings over the next few years.

Read the Soil Association’s blog about planting trees at the farm.

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Chop House

Chop House news 😊

• From 7th May we are opening at 5pm again. Last food order at 8.45pm.

• Burger Buddies!! 2 burgers for £20 and ½ price onion rings between the hour of 5 and 6pm (last food order at 5.45pm) tables must be vacated by 6.30pm.

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British Organic Charcuterie

Native Breeds and Helen Browning’s have been working together for five years on a customer / supplier basis. The key interests of both businesses during this time, has been applying organic sustainable agriculture to meat production and charcuterie and we are very pleased to announce ...

One ice cream and one loaf at a time

Our HB businesses tend to move at a steady pace — like farming generally — and new developments can often take us by surprise...

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New classic pork sausage gluten & nitrite free! On sale now with @AbelandCole 😋 https://t.co/M7Mz40svGp HelenBOrganic photo

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Join us for one of two free short walks to take macro images of some of the stunning flowers and orchids growing around Eastbrook Farm. Book here http://ow.ly/mBEa50uN6A1

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