Agroforestry & orchards
“Cherries, damsons, quince, dessert pears, apricots, almonds, raspberries, mixed berries and more.”
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.
Organic Farm & Food
We’re now combining everything—the pigs, the cows and calves, the landscapes, the wildlife—deer, owls, badgers, flora and fauna generally, although not all of it appears on cue. Our colleague James Andrews, expert at wildlife photography among other skills, will lead the ‘Safari’ tours, in the red land rover
Tackling the virus crisis ...
We have set up a farm shop at the Royal Oak in Bishopstone for groceries, organic meat and freshly prepared meals to take-away during the current restrictions on in-house dining. Please see our social media for updates and a full list of available produce.
Delighted that our organic Corned Beef is being applauded across the land. 5* reviews with Abel and Cole and a Silver award at British Charcuterie Live!