Welcome to the farm
Saddlescombe Farm

We have a farm tenancy with the National Trust in West Sussex who have given us a wonderful opportunity to fulfill a lifelong ambition for both of us to run our own farm. The beautiful farm is called Saddlescombe Farm, it is 450 acres and is situated in the South Downs National Park just 5 miles north of Brighton. We run the farm as a traditional sheep, beef and arable farm that produces the best quality meat through high animal welfare, protecting and enhancing the natural environment, and involving the local community by being a shepherd for the day, farm visits and open days.

History and environment of Saddlescombe Farm

There is archaeological evidence of the farm being farmed since the Bronze Age with burial mounds and trackways being found nearby. Today there are a number of farm buildings ranging in date from the early 17th century, find out more on the National Trust website. Working with the National Trust we have entered the farm into an environmental project which will help to restore the hedgerows, establish pollen and nectar rich areas, manage species rich grassland and have farm visits for schools.

Our animals

Presently we look after 450 breeding ewes, lots of lambs, 8 rams, a herd of pedigree Sussex cows and our Saddleback pigs.  The farm is also home to a lot of wildlife, including corn buntings.  Our sheep lamb in April and our cows calve in February.  They graze on the species rich chalk grasslands and help the wildflowers to flourish. We sell boxed beef, pork and lamb direct from the farm and also from our website which we can send via mail order. We have two employees, our amazing sheepdogs Belle and Fly, we would be lost without them.

Previous to Saddlescombe Farm

Previous to moving to Saddlescombe Farm, we began sheep farming in Oxfordshire on the Earth Trust farm in 2009. To follow our farming journey from the beginning please see our blog

The Wildflour Cafe

Di and Paula are now fellow residents at Saddlescombe and are open from Tuesday to Sunday.  They run an amazing cafe and serve teas, coffees, delicious cakes, cream teas and light lunches.  Please see their website for more information and please come and visit!

 

 

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