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.

Helen Browning’s
Organic Farm & Food

Helen Browning’s
Royal Oak

Farm Safaris for livestock, landscapes and wildlife at Eastbrook Farm

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. 

We are recruiting ...

Helen Browning's Royal Oak is seeking candidates for a new full time position: Retail manager & business administration; a full time post available within our hospitality and retail business, based on one of the UK’s most progressive organic farms.

Helen Browning's Organic
Helen Browning's Organic6 days ago
Recipe of the week: steak marinade🤩 This delicious recipe is perfect for a weekend treat! Check it out through this link https://helenbrowningsorganic.co.uk/recipe/steak-marinade/ and don’t forget to tag us in your #organiccreations 🧡 (this recipe has been borrowed from the AllRecipes website)

6 days ago
Check out our recipe of the week: the best steak marinade🤩 a perfect recipe for a weekend treat! Take a look through this link https://t.co/SjPpaiknhz and don’t forget to tag us in your #organiccreations 🧡 (this recipe has been borrowed from AllRecipes) https://t.co/2yTCmX8qL9 HelenBOrganic photo

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 Just wanted to say a big thank you to Tim and all the staff. Returned home after being thoroughly looked after everything was perfect. My girls have already made me promise to get some of your burgers when I'm next in – Jason

 Incredibly welcoming! Excellent food!! Peroni on draft!!! What more could you want in such an idiillic setting? – Dave

 Great social distancing measures in place. Food is as amazing as always! Well done Royal Oak and thanks to the team! – Sally