Paul Presents | Open Farm Sunday with Nick Down

Nick has managed the farming enterprise of Yattendon estate since 2017. Open Farm Sunday is free event on the 12th June 2022.  Yattendon’s Haw Farm opens its gates to showcase how they grow their crops, the work they do environmentally, how climate change and living in the here and now with Brexit has affected farming, the machinery and technology now used in farming, the customer experience and their part in the food chain.

Yattendon Farm Estate

Yattendon is in many ways a traditional farming estate. The Estate operates a large in-hand farm and also has two tenanted farms.

The Estate farm covers an area of 2,201 hectares (5,438 acres). The crops grown are wheat, barley, beans, linseed, oats and maize. 

The natural environment is at the heart of all the farming carried out on the Estate.

The land is also used to keep a herd of rare breed British White cattle which can be seen grazing the historic parkland in the centre of the village. 

They also rent additional arable land and undertake contract farming activities for local landowners. 

The two tenanted farms extend to 352 hectares (869 acres). Bower Farm, Aldworth has been farmed by the Walters family for over 100 years and Buckhold Hill Farm, Bradfield has been farmed by the Ward family for over 50 years.

Environmental

The Estate takes its role within farming and the community very seriously and is known for being environmentally and socially responsible.

They treasure values such as heritage, tradition, authenticity, uniqueness and respect for the real English countryside.

The Estate has practised “responsible English farming” at Yattendon since 1925. This commitment enables them to look forward to a sustainable farming future in the diverse and beautiful landscape of West Berkshire.

The Estate has been a member of the Countryside Stewardship Scheme since October 1998 and more recently has embarked on its most ambitious project yet, with a new Countryside Stewardship Scheme in 2021which will deliver the following over its five year lifespan:

  • 115 acres of grass and wildflower plots
  • 122 acres planted annually with a pollen and nectar mix
  • 65 acres planted with a wild bird food mix
  • 60 acres planted with a bumblebee mix
  • 30 acres of grass buffer strips established
  • 500 acres of over winter cover crops established
  • 350 acres of rotational legume fallow
  • 107 acres of legume & herb rich grass to be established
  • 112 acres of low input & species rich grassland
  • 4.3km of new hedgerow planting & gapping up (on top of the 118km of existing hedgerows 
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