About the Farm

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Hundred River Farm is a 200 acre tenant farm nestled within the Waveney Valley environmentally sensitive area. Our traditional farming methods enables an abundance of wildlife to flourish. Our Hereford cattle enjoy an outdoor life quietly grazing the herb rich meadows and clover pastures.

 

Our journey

Our tenancy started back in 1967 and was predominately a commercial dairy holding until 2009 when we started using our smooth creamy milk for our ice cream, yoghurt, milk and cream. The following year we launched our annual Maize Maze that provides activities for all ages over the summer holidays.

 Over the years we have had many people come to the farm for work experience who have immensely enjoyed their time with us. The therapeutic benefits seem to be naturally present and as such we have been slowly developing our facilities to enable us to create harmony between people and the planet through farming and the outdoors; for example we now have two shallow ponds on a small nature reserve for waterfowl and dragonflies which can also act as a dipping pond for school children.

Approximately half of the farm is water meadows and marshes beside the River Hundred with our Hereford cattle out on the pastures all the time they mature slowly, producing delicious top quality beef.

 

A haven for wildlife

11250213_871906809530665_3944836106569499609_nWe are part of Natural England’s Higher Level Stewardship Scheme and have been actively enhancing the bio-diversity of the farm whilst using minimal chemicals. Our wild bird seed plot provides winter food for finches, linnets and buntings as well as nectar rich plots and wildflower patchs for Bee’s, Butterflies and other insects over the summer. Our most satisfying observation each year is when the swallows, swifts and house martin’s arrive in their numbers with many species flying in at dawn each morning to forage around our cattle feeding stations.

As night descends and the last bird is finally quiet, the nocturnal hunters commence their search for food. Nocturnal farm residents include hedgehogs, stoats, barn owls, tawny owls and little owls as well as bats that patrol the property until the dawn chorus returns.