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Feldon Forest Farm, Warwickshire

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Feldon Forest Farm, Warwickshire

Feldon Forest Farm is a mixed organic farm of around 32 ha set in the special landscape area of the Leam Valley in Warwickshire. Originally part of a larger farm, it has been under the current ownership since 1994. The farm has been in Countryside Stewardship since 1995 and is now in Environmental Stewardship, the first in Warwickshire to have a Higher Level Stewardship agreement. The farm was the winner of the prestigious Loraine Award for nature conservation and organic farming in 2003 and the Warwickshire Silver Lapwing Award in 2006. It is farmed as a partnership by George and Gillian Browning.

The Shetland Cattle

Shetland cattle are on the critical list of rare breeds with the Rare Breeds Survival Trust. They are very well suited to an organic system on the mainland as the conditions on the Shetland Islands were traditionally much harsher. They will thrive on a grass diet, consisting of hay in the winter. They can be an excellent house cow, the traditional Shetland Islands role, and we have done that ourselves but mostly manage them as a single suckler herd. The beef rates amongst the best in the world.

The Castlemilk Moorit Sheep

Castlemilk Moorit sheep were bred on the Castlemilk Estate in the Scottish borders by Sir Buchanan-Jardine. They were rescued from extinction by Joe Henson of Cotswold Farm Park and are still endangered. They belong to the Northern short tailed group of primitive sheep and are prized for their wool and excellent eating qualities. They are naturally lean but full of flavour. We have some skins tanned organically to make distinctive sheepskins and have wool spun into Aran weight knitting wool in 50gram balls. The sheep are well suited to an organic system and are not prone to some of the common sheep ailments such as foot rot.

Fruit, Vegetables and Herbs

We grow a wide range of organic fruit and vegetables plus a few herbs, both outside and under cover in Polytunnels. Nothing is grown on a large scale but there is a little of just about everything. For example the fruit we grow includes apples, pears, plums, cherries, quince, damsons, strawberries, raspberries, gooseberries, blackcurrants, rhubarb and jostaberries.

Other produce

We have organic eggs from our hens. We also produce some woods suitable for woodturning and seasoned hardwood logs. Other coppice products will be available in due course. We have some of our wheat milled at our local organic certified watermill to produce our own wholemeal flour and we make home made preserves from our own produce.  

Arranging a visit   

Schools and groups of 16 or less are welcome to visit the farm by arrangement.  

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