Visit an organic farm

Manor Farm, Leicestershire

The 120 hectares of Manor Farm forms part of a larger estate. The traditional farmhouse was built in the late eighteenth century, but there is evidence of earlier farming activities including mediaeval 'ridge and furrow' and dewponds.

Livestock

Manor Farm's livestock are kept according to organic standards, allowing them to express their natural behaviour. The welfare of the pedigree Lleyn sheep, Hereford-cross suckler cows, and Gilpin - the farm's longhorn bull - is of paramount importance.

Conservation

Graeme and Vivienne Matravers' work at Manor Farm won them the Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group conservation award in 1998, an indication of their commitment to the environment. The wetland, new woodland, ancient pasture and managed hedges are all examples of the conservation work taking place. They have restored the old farm ponds and created a new one especially for 'pond dipping'.

Marketing

The farm shop is in a converted traditional barn and is a popular place to buy a range of organic food. The shop sells all the farm's meat, together with organic eggs and vegetables.

Arranging a visit

The farm trail is open at all times. The old granary is now a classroom and visitor centre. Organised groups and school parties are welcome to use the facilities by prior arrangement. The farm also works with Elm Farm Research Centre to provide visits, information and research findings for farmers and agricultural professionals. Please call the office for details. Farm shop opening times: Thursday: 9:00am - 6:00pm  Friday: 9:00am - 7:00pm   Saturday: 9:00am - 3:00pm  

How to get there   

By bus: Buses stop in the village.
By train: Loughborough railway station is about five miles away.
By road: Manor Farm is located in Long Whatton, a village about five miles north west of Loughborough. From the A6, head into the village on the B5401. The farm is located on the right hand side, look out for the farm shop signs.  
By bike: Find your route on the Sustrans website         

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