Upper Red House Farm, Gwent
The 47 hectare farm lies at the end of a lane in a lovely part of Monmouthshire. South-facing, among rolling hills and woods, the permanent pastures are crossed by small streams and the arable fields edged with strips of wildlife habitat and bushy hedges.
The pasture is mown for hay and silage and let for grazing to nearby organic farmers. Organic hill sheep come down to the farm to graze in the winter months. Spring oats is grown for organic seed; and bees are kept for pollinating the orchards and wild flowers, and for honey.
Upper Red House Farm has specialised in conservation and been in the Tir Gofal farm management scheme for the last 10 years. Apart from the four streams and six ponds, the farm has made streamside corridors, restored hedges, planted native woodland trees and orchards and managed the permanent pastures for wildlife. Many birds breed here as well as hares, bats, barn owls, frogs, toads and newts. There are many moths and butterflies as well as all the aquatic life in the ponds and streams.
Arranging a visit
Provided it is pre-booked, guided visits can happen at any time of year. For independent walkers, there are many public and permissive footpaths on the farm.
How to get here
Map reference: SO428131. Directions will be given when you book.