The farms within our care, both within our legal ownership and pledged to us, have been donated. They range from four small traditional organic farms in Devon and Somerset, an 8 acre field in a village in Perthshire, Scotland to a further 12 pledged farms over the next 10-20 years.
The majority have and will come over with existing tenants. But wherever we can, we will seek to provide opportunities for new farmers, growers and communities. And help support them to develop sustainable thriving businesses.
Here are just some of our farms that make up the Land Trust.
Gifted in 2010 to prevent development and with the hope that the land might be returned to horticulture, St Jerome’s in Dunkeld, Perthshire is now home to a successful community growing project.
Oakcroft Organic Garden, Cheshire
Indian born Mehr Fardoonji arrived at Oakcroft in 1962 creating an organic market garden from bare land.Mehr is also on our Board of Trustees.
Woodoaks Farm, Hertfordshire
Woodoaks has been a working farm for many years and gifted in 2020. The mission at Woodoaks is to create new opportunities for wildlife, improve the health of our soils and create a safer climate for future generations.
Chitcombe Farm, Somerset
Organic for over 50 years, Chitcombe was originally farmed by organic pioneer Hugh Flatt. Sam is the second generation of his family to farm at Chitcombe and was born and grew up here.
Manor Organic Farm, Leicestershire
Graeme and Vivenne Matravers took on the tenancy of Manor Farm in 1994 and immediately set about converting it to organic. Graeme is also on our Trustee board.
Summerhill Farm, Devon
A small mixed farm in the heart of the mid Devon countryside, Summerhill has given Ben & Alice Moseley the chance they otherwise could not have afforded: to manage and run their own farm.