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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Royal Oak

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Chop House

Buy Gammon & Bacon for Home Delivery - perfect for Christmas & New Year

Complete your Christmas party plans with a beautiful organic gammon.  Available to pre-order now for home delivery from 16th Dec.  Our award winning bacon and lardons also available.  We've got a fabulous recipe here too to make your Christmas table look spectacular, Honey-Glazed Gammon courtesy of the Hairy Bikers.

Mushroom Explosion

Although the weather has felt pretty miserable over the last few weeks it’s been absolutely perfect for mushrooms – there’s been an explosion in the local area and James, our photographer from ProHides, has been out in the rain capturing images.  We don’t want you to miss out though so if you’ve got a camera, big or small, why not join him on Sunday 3rd of November for a photowalk to see some of these wonders for yourself.

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

A lot of love out there for Corned Beef (without a key)

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!

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Organic Pigs = High Welfare

BANNED! These common practices are all banned under Soil Association Organic standards:

- Nose ringing - used to prevent pigs natural rooting behaviour

- Tail docking - pigs in confined spaces often bite each other’s tails, so non-organic producers dock tails to prevent this

- Farrowing crates - small metal cage only inches wider than the female pig, used around the time she gives birth to restrict her movement and prevent her from following maternal instincts.

- Routine use of antibiotics.

#organic #highwelfare #farming #sustainability #biodiversity

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