Hadleigh and the environment

Hadleigh and the environment

Hadleigh Farm is enrolled in an Entry and Higher Level Stewardship Scheme agreement including prudent management of the ruins of Hadleigh Castle and the species-rich acidic grassland and the creation of an uninterrupted wildlife and habitat corridor from Hadleigh 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. A number of public footpaths weave through both the arable and grassland areas. 

Hadleigh Farm therefore engages with partners including Natural England, the Environment Agency, English Heritage and 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

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

We are a member of the National Farm Attractions Network, Rare Breeds Survival Trust (RBST) and CEVAS (Countryside Educational Visits Accreditation Scheme) registered.  Animals featured include Bagot goats, Golden Guernsey goats, Leicester Longwool sheep, Greyface Dartmoor sheep, Middle White pigs, Exmoor pony, Marsh Daisy chickens, Derbyshire Red Cap chickens and Sebastapol geese.

 The Hub CafĂ© aims for sustainability and minimizing negative impact on the world around us.  The majority of our ingredients are sourced locally, and all of our food packaging is fully compostable. We aim to remove single use plastic from our product range by the end of 2021.

Tree Tots Wonderwalks is an outside group run on the Estate for tots and their carers to explore and learn together.

Hadleigh Training Centre are working on an Ecobricks project .  Ecobricks are reasuable plastic building blocks made of clean and dry single use plastics.  This project will develop fine motor skills, encourage and develop spcail and commiunications skills and opens up discussions about sustainability.


We are committed to ensuring the long term sustainability of the Estate by enhancing and exploring income generating activities in order to cover our expenditure.  We rationalise expenditure across the site so that precious resources are managed effectively. Our environmental impact will be  lessened by reducing single use plastics and increasing use of sustainable products.  We are increasing our recycling efforts, reducing our use of paper by moving our administrative processes to paperless, expanding our use of LED/low energy light bulbs and expanding our composting facilities.