Berkshire camping and caravan site, England
Description from the accommodation owner
Berkshire camping and caravan site, England: the story of this holiday company
Our farm is a family run farm dating from the early 1900's. Until 12 years ago it was producing cereals and in particular high grade Malting Barley used in the making of beer and lagers. From 2000 the whole farm was planted with grass of the old fashion varieties, since then it has been farmed without the use of chemical fertiliser and chemical pesticides, running rare breed Traditional Hereford cattle for beef production.
Responsible tourism: Berkshire camping and caravan site, England
At our farm which is now a conservation farm we farm without the use of chemical fertiliser or chemical pesticides, we grow old fashioned grasses, herbs and wild flowers. We make our own hay which is fed to our Traditional Hereford cattle whose blood lines date back to the 1800's. They are a TB free closed herd who are also classed as 'at risk' we are trying to preserve these lovely animals. We have wild bird winter feeding plots and stone curlew plots where birds are feeding and nesting, many of these birds are on the RSPB 'at risk list'. Our 6 owl boxes are proving to be a popular with both the Barn Owl and Little Owl. All this has happened in 12 years since we changed from producing high grade Malting Barley that was sold for production of beer and lagers. We believe that the conservation is much more rewarding than the beer!!
We support the local village of Lambourn in all its fund raising and its annual carnival festivities, we are supporting the East Garston Food Festival and Produce Show and the Hungerford Food Festival later in the year where we shall be advertising our Rare Breed Traditional Hereford meat. We recommend local shops, restaurants & pubs to our campers when they are staying with us. We have a large collection of information material which is available to all who stay advertising our surrounding area and all its interests. Our rare breed Traditional Hereford meat is available to all, our customers always comment that it is nice to see the cattle grazing in the pastures looking so well and content. Our grain storage buildings have been converted into units/workshops which are used by local companies, farriers and garden machinery to name a few, these are an important asset for the local community.
Having lived in the Lambourn Valley all my life i have an extensive knowledge of our local landscape, which i am always keen to share with others. We have many schools visiting us who are on The Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme that use our farm as an overnight camp when taking part for their bronze and silver awards. We also open our farmland, wild flower meadow and chalk downlands to local groups where we pass on our farming knowledge. We are part of the RSPB volunteer and farmer alliance which are' working together for farmland birds.' We offer our campers and friends a tour of our land to highlight what we do and what we are striving to achieve to restore the chalk downland in our area of Outstanding natural beauty, all this in our 1950's Land Rover which gives a real safari feel!