Daylands Farm is surrounded by woodland; we have one boundary along the Honeybridge Stream, fields in Wiston and the house in Ashurst. We farm about 170 Acres and are tenants of Wiston Estate. We have been tenants here for almost 30 years. Our farm is ideal for conservation as the fields and wooded areas are small, with many hedgerows and a lake dug in 1991 for wildlife, and stocked with coarse fish.
We have a herd of suckler cows with their calves, a flock Charolais sheep and a few pigs. Silage and hay are grown to feed the cattle and sheep in winter, when they can’t graze in the fields, and we grow vegetables and flowers, to sell at the local farmers markets, along with seasonal goods like jams, jellies, syrups and Christmas trees!
Daylands is unique and we like to share it; for study, for walks, occasional cream teas, foraging and camping. Visiting groups include schools, youth groups and conservation volunteers, who can help with projects such as coppicing and hedge-laying.
Farming is a way of life for us, a very busy life certainly but also a very fulfilling one.