The Farm

We farm over 100 acres of unimproved Cotswold grassland, which provides year-round grazing and winter hay for our Wiltshire Horn sheep. Meanwhile, our Oxford Sandy and Black pigs root about in field corners, copses and spinneys, clearing ground in a natural, productive and low-impact manner.

The long, steep-sided valley allows no distinction between village and farmland. Few houses in Chedworth are not within sight of the Pancake Flock; hundreds of years of grazing has made this village what it is. Too steep, too difficult, too small to plough, livestock belong here. Much of this habitat type – limestone wood-pasture – has now disappeared from Gloucestershire. Birds, small mammals and insects thrive here. Sheep, with their careful grazing habit and gentle hooves, are the best way to manage and conserve this precious habitat. Food production and environmental protection don’t have to be at odds.

We term our farming model ‘collaborative revival’. Despite precedent, it’s been too long since sheep grazed throughout this village. So our flock grazes at the invitation of landowners throughout Chedworth – parcels of land now beginning to benefit from the conservation value of grazing over mowing. It’s also a rare, possibly unique, first step on today’s notoriously difficult farming ladder.