Our small 80 acre farm grows wheat, barley, winter beans and sugar beet. It has been in the family since the 1930s, with my father at the helm over the past thirty years. It is now home to me, my husband and our three children and I am beginning the task of trying to gather the wealth of wisdom that Dad has to share.
We have recently been joined by eight young male alpacas who will be grazing 5 acres of grassland next to the farmyard. Alpacas have soft pads on their feet so make very little impact on the land. They will be helping us to improve the diversity of the grassland by keeping a check on the dominant grasses and giving space for native wildflowers. They are also providing beautifully soft fibre each year that we can spin into yarn. You will be able to say hello, or book a walk with the alpacas when you visit.
The farm is surrounded by open fields and most days in the summer we have the privilege of watching our resident barn owl hunting across the meadow. We also regularly see deer, hares, woodpeckers, kestrels and buzzards. We want to do what we can to support the diversity of the local wildlife by using chemicals sparingly, looking after our hedgerows and creating wild areas that are left for nature. We feel that it is important to support our natural crop pollinators too so we do what we can to make a home for wild bees. We also keep a hive of honey bees here as members of the Hepworth Bee Cooperative.
The farm ethos has always been to tread lightly on the land and we have tried to carry this forward to the campsite. We want to provide a small, relaxed, friendly and sustainable site that makes the most of our beautiful countryside.
We hope you can join us!
Kath and Neel Shearer