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.
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.
Sustainable consumption applies to so many areas of our lives, but for me, I think it is meat that is one of the most troubling areas. ‘Eat meat, but eat less, and of a higher quality’ has always been my view, but for many people, poorly produced meat is a daily staple, consumed each day with little thought for the detrimental impact on our health, our animals or our planet.
Daylesford Discusses is a series of events held every other month where we bring together a panel of experts to highlight and debate a variety of issues around food, health, well-being, sustainability, balance and conscious choices.
Field and Farm Notes: Reflections On The Past Year At Daylesford Farm By Our Resident Environmental Scientist Tim Field
We have always had bees on the farm but 2017 was a real success story. Our Head Stockman, a member of the gardening team and I took over responsibility of the beehives at Daylesford. We began training by intensively studying all the nuances of caring for our essential pollinators and generous honey-providers. They say you can’t learn everything there is to know about bees in a lifetime, but our new beekeepers are up for the challenge!
As a passionate supporter of sustainable farming I was delighted to read Michael Grove’s recent statements in support of sustainable farming, starting with a ban on neonicotinoids to protect our valuable soils.
As autumn reaches its peak, Daylesford’s Environmental Scientist Tim Field gives us an insight into various sightings from around the farm and tips on the wildlife we need to look out for as the season for hibernation closes in. “Now is an excellent time to see wildlife on the farm.”
I have always loved keeping hens – for the sheer enjoyment as much as for the promise of fresh eggs each morning. Hens are engaging and inquisitive creatures that really are low maintenance and rewarding to keep.
The Game season is almost upon us, bringing with it warming stews, delicious game terrines and tender loins of venison. To celebrate the season our Cookery School is holding three special classes, which make the most of the bountiful wild larder that is available right on our doorsteps.
As we gathered the honey from our hives in the summer, we were mindful of the remarkable effort that goes into every precious golden drop. The hard work of the bees begins long before harvest and at Daylesford we are committed to supporting our favourite pollinators throughout the year.