The Farm

Pitlands Farm is mainly arable, growing combinable crops and is part of a Higher Level Environment Scheme devised by Natural England. We have been actively involved in environmental schemes for over thirteen years and three years ago upgraded to the highest level scheme.

This involves-

  • Protecting water courses and woodlands with grass strips around fields.
  • Shallow cultivations in the whole valley to protect the archaeology.
  • The scheduled monument, site of the Roman Villa is protected from cultivations.
  • Growing of wild bird seeds crops for winter feeding.
  • Stubbles are left over the winter for bird feeding grounds.
  • Headlands are left unsprayed with herbicides to encourage broad leaved plants and insects.
  • Field corners are left uncultivated for bio-diversity.
  • Woodlands are being maintained and restored and the logs used for the holiday cottages.
  • Grassland is of low input management.

We no longer plough for all the crops reducing our carbon footprint as far as possible and cultivate across slopes to avoid erosion.