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
Open letter to Michael Gove
Helen Browning, Chief Executive of the Soil Association, has written an open letter to Michael Gove highlighting the negative impact already being caused to UK organic exporting businesses by current Brexit...
Chop House Spring Menu 2019
Our astonishingly enjoyable and successful foray into the throbbing heart of Swindon’s Old Town, Helen Browning’s Chop House, is once again refreshing its menu as spring approached...
Start of a new era here at Eastbrook
While the world’s dairy farmers on the whole decline in number due to an uncertain financial future, here in Bishopstone we’re going the other way, as we so often do...
Community events at Helen Browning's Royal Oak!
Events, my dear, events... as someone once said. That’s what Helen Browning’s Royal Oak specialises in, along with seven days-a-week simple organic luxuries, like superb bedrooms, glorious seasonal food, and intimate...
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