Visit an organic farm

Ashlyns Organic Farm, Essex

Ashlyns lies in the rolling clay-lands of west Essex. It is an ancient and still unspoiled countryside of winding lanes, thick hedgerows and meandering brooks. The farm converted 25 hectares to organic production in the mid 1990s. The farm grows mainly potatoes and crops, and is introducing laying hens, pigs, sheep and cattle. You are welcome to visit the farm, walk trails and find out how your food is grown.

Organic laying hens and Lincoln Red Cattle

The farm keeps a flock of 350 black rock hens. They are truly free range and lay beautiful brown shelled eggs with a deep yellow yolk. The farm has a small herd of 15 traditional Lincoln Red cattle and is introducing more livestock including sheep and pigs.

Countryside and conservation

A broad range of wildlife co-exists with the farming activities. Hares, foxes, rabbits, skylarks and woodpeckers are common. If you look harder, you may also spot grey partridges, barn owls, badgers and deer. The farmland is also home to rare bats, water voles and harvest mice. Butterflies and bumblebees thrive in the clover leys that are so essential to establish fertility for organic crops.

Farm shop

The farm has close links with its customers and local community. The farm shop sells a huge range of organic produce, much of it grown on the farm.

Visitors are welcome

Ashlyns builds relationships with its customers - something all too rarely found in modern farming. They supply home-grown produce to local people and make personal contact with their customers. You are welcome to visit the farm to see progress, walk farm trails and enjoy special open days. 

Arranging a visit   

Farm shop and trail opening times 10am - 6pm on Mon to Fri 10am - 5pm on Sat 10am - 4pm on Sun  

How to get there   

By road: From junction 7 of the M11, take the A414 towards Chelmsford. Continue over a mini-roundabout, over a big roundabout and you will see the farm shop on your left. To reach the farm, continue to the left turn for Bobbingworth. After 200 metres, turn down Ashlyns Lane to your left and you will find the farm after one mile.  
By bike: Find your route on the Sustrans website         

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