Visit an organic farm

St Augustines Farm, Gloucestershire

St Augustines Farm is a 43 ha organic dairy farm lying in the middle of a horseshoe bend in the River Severn. St Augustine, the first bishop of Canterbury, is said to have crossed the river here in 604AD and the monks of St Augustines Abbey (now Bristol Cathedral) farmed here from 1164 and gave the farm its name. The Jewell family has farmed here for over 200 years and the sixth generation, Robert and Elaine, welcome you to the farm to explore this historic farm...

Organic farm animals

The farm has a herd of 50 Friesian dairy cows that are milked twice a day. If you are around at the right time, you can see the afternoon milking on your visit in the herringbone parlour. The cows graze the organic pastures during the summer and feed on hay (sun-dried grass) and silage (‘pickled’ grass) in the winter. The farm also rears around 30 followers (young female cattle) which will be part of the dairy herd when they are grown up.

Landscape and wildlife

There is evidence of medieval farming at St Augustines in the form of ridge and furrow pasture which you can see in the field called Netton. This is a remnant of the strip-farming method which was the tradition at that time. The meadows are surrounded by ancient hedgerows with elm, field maple and dog rose and provide an excellent habitat for wildlife. Ponds and ditches provide homes for water birds including herons, moorhens and swans.

Café, visitor centre and museum

The farm has opened a café on the farm that is open in the summer. The cafe serves a lot of organic food and is following the Soil Association's code of practice. One of the barns is home to a host of old farm machinery – a fascinating insight into days gone by. There is a car park, picnic area and toilets at the visitors centre. A farm trail leads you around the fields where children can play.

Visitors and schools

The farm welcomes you to visit the farm between March and October. Special tailored visits are available to school groups which should be pre-booked with the farmer. It provides an excellent day out for children who can find out about the farm, help feed the calves, see the cows being milked and play in open countryside. Contact the farm to find out more.  

How to get there   

Between Bristol and Gloucester, leave the M5 at junction 13 and head for the A38. Head south for half a mile and turn right, following signs to Arlingham. In the village, follow the brown signs to St Augustines Farm.   
By bike: Find your route on the Sustrans website         

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