Visit an organic farm

Deer Park Farm, Cheshire

Deer Park Farm lies within the boundaries of the old deer park of Kermincham Hall. Farmers Sue and Martin Steer are keen to encourage wildlife on the farm through organic farming and countryside stewardship schemes. Visit the farm to find out more...

Organic livestock

The farm has a flock of Suffolk x mule sheep that give birth to their lambs in the spring. They are reared on the organic pastures and when mature, are sold to a local farm shop. Hereford beef cattle owned by a local organic farmer are brought in to graze the fields in rotation. This alternate grazing between sheep and cattle helps reduce the burden of parasites that can be a problem on conventional farms. A small flock of black rock hens are also kept.

Landscape features

The old brick wall around the farm is a remnant of a deer park that once surrounded Kermincham Hall, a huge stately home that has now disappeared. A number of old parkland trees still remain, including a magnificent horse chestnut and lime tree. A tiny one-roomed cottage, the 'Irishman's shanty' sits above an ornamental lake and the field names indicate the previous use of the land. The farm is replanting hedgerows, restoring wetland and wildflower meadows and establishing a new orchard with traditional varieties of apple, including the Withington Welter that grows on the northern boundary of the farm.

Wildlife

The wetland and permanent pastures provide homes for the host of wildlife with plants such as ragged robin, orchids and meadowsweet. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and Cheshire Wildlife Trust have studied the bird life on the farm, which include buzzards, skylarks and the once-common lapwings which now nest on the farm. The farm is leaving conservation strips around the edges of fields that provide undisturbed habitats for bugs and birds, and hunting grounds for kestrels.  

Arranging a visit   

The farm is happy to host visits by schools and groups by prior arrangement. Walkers are able to find out more about the farm on the trail that follows a footpath along the boundary.  

How to get there   

From Holmes Chapel, head north on the A535 to Twemlow Green. Turn right towards Kermincham and proceed for 0.5 miles. The farm entrance is on the right hand side marked by two stone pillars. Walkers can park here and follow the footpath that leads down the lane in a circuit and back to the car.  
By bike: Find your route on the Sustrans website         

Contact details   

  • Martin and Sue Steer, Deer Park Farm, Kermincham Crewe, Cheshire CW4 8DX   
  • T: 01477 532188           
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