Land and Habitat
Habitat management is continuous, as is the control of invasive non-native plants. There has been the establishment of extensive deciduous and mixed woodland and hedgerows with well over 10,000 trees planted, and the management of grassland, acid heath, and wetland including the excavation of a pond.
The aim is to produce a rich diverse wildlife habitat. We are in the process of formulating a management plan based upon a detailed habitat survey.
We have a large polytunnel where salads and early vegetables are grown, and which provides a great place to work and relax for most of the year.
There are fruit and nut trees and a large soft fruit garden with red and blackcurrants, gooseberries, raspberries and lots of rhubarb. We grow vegetables in two large gardens (“top” and “bottom” gardens), and four terraces.
We aim to grow a sizeable proportion of our own veg and salads, as well as culinary herbs. All of our fruit and vegetable production is organic, often incorporating permaculture principles.
- Tree planting, coppicing, and understorey development
- Maintenance and upkeep of the organic vegetable and fruit gardens
- Habitat management
- Renovation and maintenance of outbuildings and the farmhouse
- Building accessible paths and gardening areas
- Willow coppicing and basketry
- Building low impact structures
- Orchard and fruit bush management