Today is an exciting day for the Bamford Grooming Department – our Bamford collection of skin and body care for men – as we open our first stand-alone store in London. The collection is a collaboration between myself and my son George so I am especially proud and delighted to be working together again for the launch of our first retail outlet.
It is now over 40 years since I set out along a path which has led to the creation and the growth of Daylesford. It began with a desire to challenge the way that my family were farming; we couldn’t continue to farm using pesticides and chemicals – it wasn’t right for the planet and it wasn’t right for my family’s health.
Our Haybarn spa is set within the tranquil greenery of our Cotswold farm, and for me that setting is what makes it so unique. After a restorative treatment, you can savour the calm and relaxation in your body and mind by sitting surrounded by nature, connecting with its sights and sounds.
Safeguarding the future of our planet has always been one of our biggest drivers at Daylesford and we are constantly striving to be as sustainable as we can in everything that we do. Individual efforts, even making the smallest changes to our habits and choices can lead to real change on a wide scale.
April is my favourite month for foraging, and this simple gnocchi recipe is the perfect celebration of springtime’s bright green shoots, combining heady wild garlic and tender nettle leaves. Finishing the fluffy gnocchi off by pan-frying in a little butter gives a wonderful textural contrast to this simple yet stunning dish. Just the thing to tuck into after a morning of foraging.
For as long as I can remember, I have been following and embracing the principles behind a Japanese philosophy known as ‘wabi-sabi’. It is a concept that’s hard to define precisely but at its core is a celebration of the beauty in the imperfect.
Planting trees in hen fields may sound like a strange thing to do but it’s the first important step in our latest undertaking on the farm – our agroforestry project. Agroforestry is a means of managing combinations of trees, crops and livestock so that not only do you get better results from your crops; above all, and as was my main intention in launching this project – you enhance the welfare of your animals.
From the food on our plates, to the clothes we wear and the air that we breathe, nature is all around us. Yet today’s fast-paced world of technology and machinery has distanced us from the earth’s resources. Many of us have disconnected ourselves from nature and we quickly forget all that it provides and the miracles it performs every day.
A year on a farm is marked by milestones – the appearance of the first spring shoots, the cows going out to pasture, the harvesting of the orchard’s apples and the bright autumn berries bursting out of the hedgerows. But one of the most joyful times for me and one I look forward to every year is lambing season. It’s a very busy time on a farm as we welcome the abundance of new life.
The welfare of our animals and the respect we show them has always been at the heart of everything we do at Daylesford. Our animals are free to roam our organic pastures and the state of their health and well-being is closely monitored by our farmers throughout their lives.
For the past 40 years, we have been striving towards sustainability at Daylesford. Everything we do, whether on our organic farm or in our farmshops and cafés, is with this core value in mind, for the benefit of our environment, our soil and our future.
On cold wintry days, this is a recipe to warm and nourish the body and soul. Lentils are a fibre-rich staple for winter larders, full of the vital mineral magnesium which promotes good sleep and helps keep us calm.