Bore Place, Kent
Commonwork is a group of organisations based at Bore Place organic farm and study centre, working towards sustainable solutions in farming, the environment and education. The organic conversion of the farm was completed between 1996-2001. 335 hectares are farmed in total, including 147 rented from neighbouring farms to increase self reliance in terms of feed stuff and to allow stock numbers to be kept up to around 240 cows.
Bore Place has a mixed organic farm with 240 milking cows and 100 'followers' (young stock). The herd consists of 240 Friesian-Holstein, Swedish Red x Holstein and Montebeliarde x Holstein milking cows, and 110 followers: heifers (young cows) bred for herd replacement and male calves sold for beef, or reared for rosé veal or beef.
Commonwork conference and study centre and gardens
An historic manor house and group of sympathetically converted farm buildings has been converted to form the Commonwork Conference and Study Centre, offering space for resident and non-resident groups to develop their own work or to book activities offered by Commonwork. The gardens, managed organically, offer aesthetic and historical interest and include permaculture, wildlife and coppice areas.
Offering experiential activities at Bore Place for schools, colleges and community groups, and support for teachers inside and outside the National Curriculum. Adult courses are available including breadmaking, beekeeping, chickens, green woodwork, and organic gardening.
2.5 miles of glorious fields, woodland and ponds, open to the public all year round. Starting at Bore Place, at a leisurely pace the eastern section of the trail returning via the road approach to Bore Place from the south takes 1.5 hours. A further 1 hour is necessary to cover the western section, which gives views over Bough Beech Reservoir. The field trail plan is displayed in the car park and trail leaflets are available from the Commonwork office.
When to go
The trail is open all year round.
Please contact the conference centre for school and group bookings.
Suitable for all ages: Our annual public open day in summer (pay on the gate) and three seasonal workshops which must be booked in advance. Check our website has full details.
How to get there
By road: Take the B2027 (between Edenbridge and Tonbridge) and near Chiddingstone Casueway, look out for the turning signposted Bore Place and Bough Beech Reservoir. You are now one mile from Bore Place. Travel along the avenue of trees. At the first road junction, the road narrows. Go straight on. Take the first turning left into the drive, signposted 'Bore Place'. Continue along the drive, over the cattle grids and park in visitors car park.