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Becklands Farm, Dorset

Visit an organic farm

Becklands Farm, Dorset

Becklands Farm is a 17 hectare mixed farm lying in the beautiful Dorset countryside a short distance from the sea. The farm has been run organically since 1970 and farmers Francis and Hilary Joyce are share their experience with you. Join one of the guided walks or open days to find out more...

Organic cows, geese and chicken

Becklands has a suckler herd of Ruby Red Devon X cattle that rear their calves in a family group on the organic pastures and wildflower meadows. In the farm yard, a gaggle of geese enjoy the pond and live in a goose house made out of cob, a traditional building technique using clay and straw. A flock of 350 black rock and 450 ISA brown laying hens produce eggs which are sold through local hotels, shops and a box scheme.

Organic crops, vegetables and fruit

The cattle are entirely grass fed and barley is grown for hen feed. Raised beds grow a range of soft fruit and a small orchard includes apple, quince and medlar trees, quite a rarity today but very popular in Medieval times. A polytunnel in the farmyard grows grapes on the vine and there is also a small comfrey plantation which produces an excellent natural fertiliser. Seasonal vegetables are also grown.

Wildlife

Becklands Farm lies in the picturesque Marshwood Vale, famed for its hedgerows and wildflowers. The hedges on the farm have been restored and a wildlife pond has been created beyond the poplar wood where buzzards nest. The farm is rich in bird life including yellowhammers, flycatchers, woodpeckers and sparrowhawks. A badger sett can be seen at the top of the farm on the drier soils.

Farm shop

The farm shop sells home grow beef, eggs, seasonal vegetables, fruit and a range of homemade preserves plus bought-in packaged organic groceries. The shop is open at all times but it is worth contacting the farm prior to your visit to ensure that Hilary or Francis are around.

Visits, walks and open days

The farm hosts regular guided walks during the summer and groups are welcome by arrangement. The walk lasts around two hours and you will find out more about the history of the land, how the animals are reared and how wildlife is encouraged. Discover how important the weather is in a farmer's decision making and some of the funny things that happen on farms. Organic refreshments are served before the walk so contact the farm to book your place. 

Arranging a visit   

Farm shop open all week. Please always contact the farm to check opening times before you set off.  

How to get there   

From the middle of Whitchurch Canonicorum, near the village hall, take Becklands Lane. The farm can be found on the right hand side.  
By bike: Find your route on the Sustrans website         

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