Visit an organic farm

Guilden Gate, Cambridgeshire

Guilden Gate is a two hectare smallholding located just outside the village of Bassingbourn in Cambridgeshire. It is farmed by Simon and Jacqueline Saggers whose family have lived in the village since the 1600s. Guilden Gate demonstrates how historic wisdom and modern technologies can work with nature to offer a more sustainable way of life.

Organic vegetable box scheme

The smallholding has a successful, flexible veggie box scheme that offers fresh, top quality seasonal organic produce. Boxes are delivered or collected from the holding from April to Christmas. Each box includes a varied selection of fresh vegetables, fruit (soft and top), herbs, mushrooms, honey and eggs. Everything that goes into the boxes is produced on-site not bought in wholesale.

Organic livestock

Guilden Gate has free range chickens for organic eggs and from spring 2004 onwards will be integrating goats into the smallholding in order to produce dairy produce. Livestock and the manure they produce are a fundamental part of a sustainable holding that can maintain its own fertility. The holding also has bee hives for honey production.

New woodland

The woodland has a mixture of native broadleaf trees including ash, oak, beech, lime and field maple. The woodland provides habitats for wildlife with a balance of open glades and wooded areas. Some of the woodland is coppiced - a traditional way of managing woodlands to produce regular quantities of woodland products and using re-growth of shoots from the cut stump. The woodland is also an important habitat for free range poultry and for mushroom growing.

Orchard and meadow

The main fruit orchard has over 40 trees and has been undersown with a traditional meadow/orchard mix of grasses and wildflowers. The aim is to manage the orchard through organic cultivation techniques and increase the diversity of varieties and species.

Energy and water

Guilden Gate has concentrated on minimising its energy requirements and the strategy is that over time, Guilden Gate will be a net zero C02 emissions site. Guilden Gate generates its own energy needs from renewable resources – the sun and the wind. Water is used in a more sustainable way by harvesting, conserving and recycling it.

Visits

Group tours are of interest to everyone from schools to architects and anyone interested in a more sustainable lifestyle. Visitors can learn more about the smallholding, eco-house and sustainable living. A small charge is usually made.  

How to get there   

By road: Turn off A505 onto the A1198 at Royston, down a hill and into Kneesworth (1mile). At the second mini roundabout turn left - Off the A1198 into Bassingbourn up a gentle hill. Go past the Hoops Pub (on left) and along the High Street, turn right at the War memorial into North End. Pass the church and the Pear Tree Pub then come into open fields. Look to the right and Guilden Gate smallholding is the second field on the right. Guilden Gate cottage is set back from the road, wooden with a solar panel on the roof.  
By bike: Find your route on the Sustrans website         

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