About Upper Newton Farm
Upper Newton Farm is a mixed family farm. It has been in the family for four generations. Jon farms carefully and, as a result, there are lovely walks through the many cider apple orchards with wild flowers and terrific views of the Black mountains, Hay Bluff and Hergest Ridge on Offa’s Dyke.
The farmhouse dates from the 17th century and is built in the local black and white timbered style. Although it has been extended over the years, it retains many period features and is decorated in a sympathetic but contemporary style.
Jon breeds beef cattle with a resident Charolais bull called William and yes, his harem does include other names from the Royal Family ! Twice a year we have calves to see and interact with when they are not entertaining our Weimaraner, Archie, and horse, Tilly.
The surrounding fields are on a rotation of arable crops: wheat, barley, oats and oil-seed rape. Also the farm has many acres of meadowland with three woodlands.Evidence of otters has been found down at the Kinnersley brook which runs down one side of the farm. It is a fabulous place to birdwatch, well away from the “madding crowds” and next to the resident gnome.
Jon spends a great deal of his time working in the cider apple orchards.The orchards are walked twice a day to keep an eye on beasties who many also enjoy eating the leaves or apples. He will happily encourage you to join him so you can get a real sense of farming in Herefordshire: the joys and the challenges.
Although living on a working farm we take our stewardship of the land seriously and think carefully about the quantities of nutrients we use on the farm. A type of seaweed extract is used often on our apple trees to feed and encourage healthy growth and promote disease resistance. We have achieved a Silver Award from the Nature Trust for our conservation and care of wildlife and since that award have installed a biomass system to heat the farm and the cottages. We do our best to provide a sustainable business in our locality and support and buy locally wherever possible.
Clean bill of health for our environment
Very exciting news! The Wye & Usk Foundation have been to check our good farming practices and environmental impact. They provided a detailed report which identifies (what we already knew) a beautifully clean Kinnersley Brook. Mayfly nymphs, freshwater shrimps and caddis fly larvae were all observed plus the evidence of otters of course. This was all in early April. The Gnome conservation patrols are obviously working well.
The farmhouse is surrounded by about one acre of gardens. The gardens are constantly developing and have been designed by Pearl who trained at Pershore College of Horticulture. They are full of features and unusual plants. Pearl is always happy to show you around and can provide one-to-one training in garden design and practical tips all year around in garden maintenance.
Around Upper Newton Farm
There’s lots to see around Upper Newton Farm. Have a look at our pictures.