About Home Farm

To farm organically means that we use no artificial fertilisers, pesticides, growth regulators or livestock feed additives. Although predominantly a beef and sheep farm, Home Farm is also residence to a flock of hens for organic egg production, bees and a collection of native rare breed sheep and goats, whilst 2017 saw the introduction of woolly craft and bee keeping courses.

As well as our happy livestock, the farm is home to a vast array of wildlife. Woodpeckers flit noisily between pockets of woodland whilst flocks of goldfinches enjoy the seed heads of weeds and wildflowers. In the spring the woodland floor is carpeted by bluebells and if you are lucky you may hear the call of the cuckoo. In the summer swallows soar high in the sky and the house martins make their nests under the eaves of the farmhouse. Dusk sees the woodcock twisting and turning in flight whilst the barn owl silently hunts. At night the bats and badgers come out to feed. 

Surveys completed by the local Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust and Loughborough Naturalists Club have identified some interesting flora and fauna across the varying habitats within the farm.

In 2022 Home Farm took part in a Natural Flood Management project. Works were completed around the farm by The Trent Rivers Trust supported by the National Heritage Lottery Fund, Environment Agency and National Forest Company as part of a bigger project within the river Soar catchment area. Benefits of this scheme include reducing flood risk within the residential areas downstream whilst creating and introducing new habitats and biodiversity on the farm. Elements of this project have seen around 500 new trees being planted, pond enhancement and the creation of a wetland area.

The farm works within the Countryside Stewardship Scheme which helps us to continue to farm in a way which is beneficial to our special surroundings. It enables us to carry out activities such as hedge laying, fencing and managing our grassland in a way that benefits nature by increasing biodiversity and improving habitats. 

The Countryside Stewardship Scheme also aids us in hosting educational visits for schools to teach the next generation about importance of food, farming and the environment.