Visit an organic farm

Shipbrook Hill Farm, Cheshire

Shipbrook Hill Farm is a 130 hectare lying either side of the River Dane in Cheshire. The farm was the site of Shipbrook Castle built by Richard de Vernon who came to Britain in 1066 with William the Conqueror. The land drops away from the farmstead to the flood meadows at the bottom of the valley and is now farmed organically by the Bennett family. Visitors are welcome to the farm and farm shop and a number of events are held throughout the year.

Cows and sheep

The farm run a herd of 180 suckler cows, mainly Aberdeen Angus, Simmental and Welsh Black breeds. The cows and their calves graze the organic pastures, including the flower-rich flood meadows alongside the river. A small flock of Texel sheep give birth to their lambs in the spring and lambs are brought in from other farms for fattening. A flock of chickens are also kept to provide eggs for the farm shop.

Cereals and vegetables

Wheat and beans are grown in rotation with the grass and clover to provide animal feed. Vegetables including carrots, potatoes, cauliflowers, cabbages, parsnips, sprouts and broccoli are grown together with salad crops in a polytunnel.

Wildlife

There are a range of habitats on the farm which support a wide range of wildlife. The river and wetlands are home to wild ducks and herons, the fields are favoured by lapwing and partridge and foxes and buzzards can be seen around the woodland.

Farm shop and café

The farm shop is a popular place to buy produce direct from the farm, including meat and vegetables. The shop also sells a whole range of organic food allowing the customer to do a one-stop shop at the farm. Teas and home-made burgers are served in the café.  

Arranging a visit   

Visitors to the farm shop are welcome to walk the farm trail which takes in some beautiful parts of the farm. A number of open days are held throughout the year and schools and groups are also welcome. Contact the farm to arrange your visit.  

How to get there   

From Chester or Northwich: From Davenham roundabout on the A556 turn right towards davenham onto London Rd. At the Bulls Head public house turn left into Church St. Continue down Church St. past the church, over 2 bridges and we are the farm on the right at the top of the hill. Approx 1 mile from village.
From M6 or Manchester:  Head along A556 towards Chester. Go through the traffic lights outside Roberts Bakery, and take the next left, signposted whatcroft. Continue for half a mile until reaching a crossraods. Drive straight across and our farm is directly in front of you.  
By bike: Find your route on the Sustrans website         

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