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Brynmawr, Shropshire

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Brynmawr, Shropshire

Brynmawr is an organic and eco-friendly hill farm known as Brynmawr, situated in the Clun Environmentally Sensitive Area and Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The farm offers high quality produce and holiday accommodation in our hideaway in the hills on the Shropshire/Welsh border.

Organic livestock

The organic farm produces traditional Highland and Hereford cattle and Hebridean sheep. The graze the farm and the Rhos Fiddle Nature Reserve, managed by the Shropshire Wildlife Trust. At present, Hebridean lamb is also available to purchase from the Shropshire Wildlife Trust. The diet and breed combine to produce a small lamb of delicate flavour, matured on the bone for that extra special taste.

Organic crops

A range of crops are grown including barley and oats (for feeding and littering the animals) as well as potatoes, carrots, leeks and swedes. Many of the vegetables are sold at local farmers markets The produce is available for purchase direct from the farm or from a number of farmers markets that are held regularly in the area.

Wildlife

By exploring the farm you will find many important habitats such as unimproved hay meadows, mire, wet woodland and wildlife ponds which support a number of interesting species. We want to encourage visitors to enjoy the biodiversity of this particular area of Shropshire and recognise the importance of maintaining these habitats both for wildlife and to retain the local landscape. We also offer on farm trails for guests to get to know the farm in more detail. The farm also grazes the Shropshire Wildlife Trust’s Rhos Fiddle Reserve, a beautiful large expanse of upland moorland, designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The variety of habitats support a diversity of species including hare, curlew, snipe, short-eared owl and mountain pansy.

Accomodation

Our holiday accommodation is the perfect place to relax or to go walking and enjoy the local wildlife. The accommodation includes a caravan and an eco-friendly traditional stone cottage with its own wind turbine and solar hot water panels, both of which have beautiful views over the Clun Valley.

Coppiced alder

The Blue Remembered Hills Project supported coppicing along Cabin Gutter to regenerate over-mature alder and improve the wildlife value of the brook. The coppiced timber was sold locally for firewood - an excellent carbon neutral fuel. The refurbishment of Buckshead Cottage utilised locally coppiced alder for its flooring. The easily worked golden yellow timer is an attractive alternative to imported timbers.

Landscape and local produce

The Shropshire Hills are designated an Areaof Outstanding Natural Beauty. By buying locally produced food and drink, you are supporting small-scale, environmentally friendly farming practices, so helping to conserve and enhance the natural beauty of the landscape.  

Arranging a visit       

Please contact the farm to arrange a group visit or to find out about open days.

How to get there   

By road: When leaving Clun take the B4368 to Newcastle and Newtown. In Newcastle go past the Crown Inn (on your right) about 50 yards to crossroads. Go straight over the crossroads onto a minor road signposted Two Crosses/Mainstone. After 2.5 miles turn left at the T junction. Brynmawr is 0.5 miles up the hill on the left hand side.  
By bike: Find your route on the Sustrans website         

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