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.
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 one employee, our amazing sheepdog Belle, we would be lost without her.
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