Darvills Hill Farm Agroforestry Weekend

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    Start date18/05/2024
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    Start Time11am
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    LocationDarvills Hill Farm, Flowers Bottom Lane, Princes Risborough, Bucks. HP27 0PZ
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    PriceFree

Darvills Hill Farm is a small, 50 acre, family farm, with a number of areas of agroforestry, which they have undertaken themselves. The projects completed in the last four years include:

  1. A mixed deciduous woodland of 3000 trees over two acres. Planted in the winter of 2019/20 with the support of the local village, and a grant from the Woodland Trust.
  2. Silvo-pasture (trees protected from livestock browsing by cactus guards) including:
    • Mixed orchard over 5 acres – planted in January 2023 with grant funding from Farming in a Protected Landscape (FiPL). The orchard was planted as a traditional orchard with 27 varieties of fruit and nut trees planted 10m apart.
    • Tree lines of hardwood and coppice over eight acres – planted in January 2024 (FiPL funded), planted 20m apart. These will also create a “living barn”, with shelter, shade and browse for livestock.
  3. Hedgerow regeneration – the farm has 2km of internal hedge which was surveyed in 2022 using the Healthy Hedgerow app. This identified that the hedgerows had outgrown and become rows of trees. The hedges will be regenerated in sections over the next three years. Each section is coppiced and gapped up with mixed native hedging plants and hedgerow trees. Brash is used to create a dead hedge to protect the hedge from livestock and the rest is chipped for mulch in the orchard and no-dig beds.

 

Additional information

During the Agroforestry Open Weekend 2024, we will be open on Saturday, 18 May at 11am. We will be available to provide a guided walk round the different agroforestry areas and to answer any questions you may have. The walk around the site would cover a distance of around 1 km, over uneven ground. Outdoor footwear essential!

Please don’t just turn up! Parking at the farm is extremely limited, pre-booking is essential.

Please let us know if your planning to visit us by emailing thepantry@darvillshillfarm.co.uk using Agroforestry weekend in the subject heading.

Facilities

No refreshments or toilet facilities are available at the site.

Parking

Parking is very restricted and the area we identify for parking will depend on numbers attending. We will let you know parking arrangements when you book.

Dogs

Our flock of sheep and new season lambs will be on site, so we would prefer dogs to be left at home.

Access

If you are a wheelchair user or experience mobility difficulties the site is accessible in dry weather. We will ensure you have a convenient parking space.

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