Parkland and woodland
The farm, which we describe as mixed organic, utilises approximately 100 acres for both grazing stock and the planting of arable crops. Conservation and improvement of the traditional farm landscape play an important role here as we do much to protect and encourage wildlife on our marginal land.
Jersey cows and Castlemilk Moorit sheep are reared on permanent pastures that are untreated by either fertilisers or chemicals. Our farming philosophy recognises the elements of long-term stewardship of a very precious natural resource. Holistic Management and the use of a grazing plan protects the ground from compaction and will lead to an improvement in soil structure and fertility over time. Our organic status discourages the use of conventional drugs such as antibiotics to cure ailing animals. Any ailments, apart from the most acute, are treated using homeopathic remedies.
The arable fields are sown on a rotational basis with beans, barley, triticale, oats, turnips, kale and grass leys for cattle food and bedding during the winter months.
Our mixed, deciduous woodland is home to a diverse array of native British wildlife. We offer yearly Snowdrop and Bluebell Walks so that our visitors can enjoy these seasonal delights. By leaving dead wood standing as well as fallen dead wood we create a habitat that supports a wide array of invertebrates. Spider and moth surveys are ongoing with 452 species of Moth currently recorded here at Waltham Place.