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Goodwood Home Farm, West Sussex

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Goodwood Home Farm, West Sussex

Set in the heart of West Sussex on land that rises from the gravels of the coastal plain to the chalk of the South Downs, Home Farm has been part of the Goodwood Estate, owned by the Dukes of Richmond, for the past 300 years. Goodwood is completely self sustaining, which means that all the animals only ever eat food that has been organically grown on the Estate.

Livestock

The farm has 1030 ewes, mostly mules crossed with Beltex, Suffolk and Southdown. There are 27 rams. Lambing usually takes place in March and April. The southdown is a breed which has flourished on the Downs for hundreds of years, helping to sustain our wonderful landscape. There are 180 dairy cows, mostly shorthorn or shorthorn/Friesian cross, plus some Guernsey cows in the herd. They calve between August and December. Goodwood’s beef cattle are a cross between the Sussex beef bull and the dairy shorthorn, giving a good shaped animal with good flavour and tenderness. There are 30 breeding saddleback sows. They live in the woods or fields for most of their lives and some have houses made from straw bales

Land use

Around a quarter is as permanent pasture which means that it is never ploughed and rich in wildflowers. More than half of the land is sown as grass and clover leys which are rotated with arable crops to add fertility. These cereal and protein crops include barley, wheat, oats, lupins, beans and peas.

Goodwood farm shop

The farm shop sells the farm produce, providing seasonally grown and locally produced food that is full of flavour and simply yet beautifully prepared to retain its goodness. The shop is open Monday to Saturday.

Visits and open days

The Goodwood Estate welcomes visits from schools and colleges, and makes a superb base for a residential trip, with catered accommodation in the 18th century stables. Goodwood can cater for children from Key stage 1 to A level and beyond and welcomes children with special needs and also run courses for Able Pupils and special interest groups. Supported by the Big Lottery Fund and Food for Life Partnership.  

How to get there   

Goodwood is situated just outside Chichester, only 60 miles from London, 30 miles from Brighton and Southampton. By road From London A3  At Milford Roundabout take A286 via Haslemere and Midhurst. Before Chichester on leaving Singleton village take left turn over Downs past Goodwood Racecourse then follow brown tourist board signs for Goodwood House (approx 4 miles). From Southampton and Brighton take A27 to Chichester  Follow brown tourist board signs to Goodwood House.  

Contact details   

  • Sarah Stewart, Goodwood Home Farm, West Sussex Countryside Studies Trust Goodwood, West Sussex PO18 0QF   
  • T: 01243 755157         
  • www.goodwood.co.uk   
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