Visit an organic farm

Fen End Farm, Cambridgeshire

Fen End Farm lies on the edge of the fens in an area once famous for its cattle fed on 'herb rich pastures'. The Kelso family took over Fen End Farm in April 2003 and converted the farm to organic production. Crops are grown in a rotation with grass and clover to add fertility. These are grazed by the herd of Red Poll cattle and Lleyn sheep.

Red Poll cattle

The leys are grazed by a small herd of pedigree Red Poll cattle. The Red Poll is derived from the original cattle of Norfolk and Suffolk . The Norfolk cow, which was a beef type, frequently blood red in colour (and described in 1787 as'…fattening as freely and finishing as highly at three years old as cattle in general do at four or five') was crossed with the Suffolk polled bull. The polled gene in the Suffolk suppressed the Norfolk horn, and in 1863 the name Norfolk and Suffolk Red Polled cattle was adopted. In 1883 the breed became known as 'The Red Polled' and the Red Poll Cattle Society was formed in 1888. The colour of the breed was by then established as red, preferably deep red, with white touches only on the tail switch and udder. Meat is available direct from the farm.

Countryside & Conservation

The farm is already home to a broad range of wildlife. All the field boundaries will have 6m margins of native grasses to encourage insects and provide sanctuary for small mammals. They also encourage the insect predators that help to keep the organic crops pest free. A new woodland and over 3km of hedgerows have been planted with native broadleaf trees. Grey partridge, lapwings and hares can be found and three short eared owls have been seen hunting together - a rare sight indeed.

Orchard

Cottenham was once famous for it's orchards but sadly few are left, many were grubbed up to be used as arable land and others have been built on. A new orchard of organic apple trees has been planted. The trees are widely spaced, as was once traditional, allowing hay to be made underneath. When mature, sheep and pigs can graze amongst them.

Archaeology

The farm is rich in archaeological remains and finds include a Mesolithic hand axe and many coins and pottery shards from the whole Roman period of occupation.

Livery

Full and part livery is available with all year turn-out and 24 hour security. A 50m x 30m softrack rubber arena can be used and there is quiet hacking along lanes and on farm tracks  

Arranging a visit   

Schools and groups are welcome to visit the farm by arrangement.  

How to get there   

Contact the farm for details  

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