Posted: 23rd June 2014

April was a busy month... Lambs The first lambs arrived at Honeydale to graze two of the three grass fields. We wanted to manage and maintain the grass but didn’t want to commit to having any livestock ourselves at this stage so it was very convenient for us that the local farmer needed ...


Posted: 23rd June 2014

Jim and Wendy had sown malting barley, a relatively low input crop, for many years so we thought we’d continue to observe the land by sowing the same again. Sam cultivated and drilled the barley in the middle of March, we settled on the tried and tested ‘Tipple’ variety with the ...

There are Always Surprises in Farming

Posted: 23rd June 2014

There are always surprises in farming, of course. Our first came when Cotswold District Council Health Department served notice on the spring fed water supply to Honeydale. Typically for this area, the water contained high levels of nitrate so was deemed unfit for human consumption, meaning ...

Sam Moves to Honeydale

Posted: 15th June 2014

The first thing we needed to do was find a tenant, ideally someone with a farming background who could live on the land and help look after it. Sam Lane was working at the local Swinbrook estate and was looking for a place to live near by. He moved into the cottage in November, we got talking, ...

Celene Wilkinson

Posted: 8th June 2014

I recently discovered a wonderful book called The Farming Ladder by George Henderson, a Cotswold farmer in the early 1900s. He was working the land nearly a hundred years ago, but his wisdom is timeless and sums up our vision for Honeydale. George Henderson maintained that for the farmer ...

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It's always been part of our vision to have a farm as an extension of the Cotswold Seeds business and in 2013 we bought Honeydale Farm, one hundred acres in the Cotswolds. During the past couple of years we've been making huge progress on the farm and this blog was set up to share this progress with our friends in the farming world.