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Broxfield Farm, Northumberland

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Broxfield Farm, Northumberland

Broxfield Farm is situated about three miles North of Alnwick in Northumberland. The farm extends to 195 ha, of which 162 ha are under arable production. The remainder is ridge and furrow permanent pasture grassland which is grazed by a herd of suckler cows and their calves. The farm is rented from the Duke of Northumberland the Thompson family who have farmed at Broxfield since the 1820's. A further 72 ha is rented on a farm business tenancy at Heckley Fence Farm. Both farms have full organic status.

Livestock and cropping

Ridge and furrow pasture is a historic land use where distinct ridges and gulleys (or furrows) are dug into the field. At Broxfield, these are grazed by a herd around 100 Aberdeen Angus suckler cows. Two horses are also kept on the farm and sheep graze the grassland from November-April. Crops include wheat, barley, oats and beans.

Wildlife

One of the most interesting features at Broxfield is the range of wildlife that can be found on the farm. On the winter-drilled crops you can find brown hare, pheasant and golden plover, whilst the spring-drilled crops attract lapwing, skylark, and grey partridge. The farm has a number of habitats which have been created over the last 100-150 years which include broadleaf and conifer woodland and a stream. New features will include a pond and a hay meadow with wild flowers.

Education visits

Mr Thompson is pleased to invite school groups to Broxfield to take advantage of the wide range of teaching resources and stimulating learning experiences that the farm provides. Broxfield can cater for pupils studying a wide range of subjects giving both efficient and effective use of school time.  

Arranging a visit   

Groups and school parties are welcome to visit the farm by prior arrangement.  

How to get there       

By bike: Find your route on the Sustrans website         

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