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Northumberland - Gilchesters Organics

Gilchesters Organics

gilchesters.gifGilchesters Organic Farm
Hawkwell,
Northumberland
NE18 0QL

Telephone 01661 886 119

Email info@gilchesters.com
http://www.gilchesters.com/

Welcome to Gilchesters Organic Farm. Situated 2 miles north of Hadrian’s Wall, this site has been occupied for over two thousand years. Built as a fort to safe-guard the construction of the wall, Gilchesters was the fort by the water. The farmhouse built on the ruins was certainly on the map in the 1640’s. The land has been in continuous agriculture to the present.

However, on acquiring the farm in 1992 the effects of government agricultural policy and commodity chemical farming were clear to see. Only one of the original ten fields had a hedge; the river was silted up; drains and ditches were blocked. The neglect had reduced the farm to a factory floor.

We now have 8km of new hedges, 14kms of uncultivated field margins for ground nesting birds and hunting strips for owls, 2 new ponds, 4 new woods and 5 acres of winter feeding sites for birds. The existing woodland was thinned and opened up using heavy horses. Having water flowing through the land (and drains) once more in conjunction with an organic crop rotation has breathed new life into the soils. The permanent pasture and water meadows are once more a living part of the landscape.

We now have an abundance of wildlife on the farm from skylarks and buntings to owls and beetles. The combination of care for our animals, our land and our environment means that we have a business derived from a landscape that we are really proud of.

The food we produce from this farm reflects our commitment to this place over the years — Free of pesticides, herbicides and fungicides. We have organic livestock that are fed on our organic grass and crops, bedded down on our organic straw in winter and all are managed to create a ‘virtuous cycle.’
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