Hadleigh and the environment

Hadleigh and the environment

Hadleigh Farm is enrolled in an Entry Level Stewardship Scheme agreement including prudent management of the ruins of Hadleigh Castle and the species-rich acidic grassland.

We also hope to engage in an Higher Level Stewardship Scheme agreement which is being devised in conjunction with the wider Legacy Enhancement Package following the Olympic mountain biking event.  Specific aims include the creation of an interrupted wildlife and habitat corridor from Hadleigh Country Park in the west to Belton Hills in the east; arable reversion of some arable land in order to achieve the creation of the wildlife and habitat corridor; and greater use of explanatory signage to educate and inform members of the public making use of the various public rights of way across the farm.

The Rare Breeds Centre opened in 2004 with the aims of promoting conservation of rare breed animals and providing an opportunity for education regarding food and farming.

 We are a member of the National Farm Attractions Network and will shortly become CEVAS (Countryside Educational Visits Accreditation Scheme) registered.  Animals featured include bagot goats, golden Guernsey goats, Leicester longwool sheep, greyface Dartmoor sheep, Gloucester old spot pigs, mangonlitza pigs, Exmoor ponies, Ixworth chickens, Derbyshire red cap chickens and Scots grey chickens.

Public access features prominently at Hadleigh Farm with a number of public footpaths that weave through both the arable and grassland areas. 

Hadleigh Farm therefore engages with partners including Natural England, the Environment Agency, English Heritage, Hadleigh Country Park, and the Countryside & Ecology Officer of Essex County Council in order to preserve and enhance the environmental assets of the farm.

Hadleigh Farm grows a number of arable crops including feed and milling wheat, barley, oats, beans, peas and oilseed rape.  We also operate a suckler herd of around 40 Hereford-cross-Simmental animals - we are up to about 20 calves so far this spring including four sets of twins.