Interactive Map

interactive-map

1: Roman Fort
Lower House Farm has been in the Parish of Canon Frome for many generations and consequently have been settlements on the farm going back to the Roman times.

The roman fort on the farm has been here since the 1st century AD –AD 600, but remains of worked wood and other remains indicate wooden tools from 3500 BC for fishing.  A certain amount of archaeological work has been carried out since the late 1960s – in terms of aerial reconnaissance, auguring and field walking surveys and archaeological observation of limited trenching. The town was possibly called Epocessa and was a local market centre, with evidence of possible industrial activity. In 2007 a local archaeology company, Border Archaeology (borderarchaeology.com) did a lot of work on the site and found even more information.

2: Livestock
In the summer time, the cattle graze the fields and are fed on a diet of just grass. In the winter time, they are housed with winter feed. This allows them space,clean water and fresh straw every day. Everything that they eat is GM-free.

3: The Canal

10 years ago we undertook a major project of cleaning approximately 1 kilometre of the canal that runs through the farm.  We reclaimed a stretch of the  canal that had laid untouched for 150 years. this has created a bird-friendly stretch of water and eco-system that is now inhabited by ducks,tufted ducks,swans,geese,coots,moorhens and other wildlife. View an old map of the area to see how it once looked – View Map. In early 2019 we finished the last stretch of the canal to return it to the same standards as thepreviously restored section.

4: The Stables
The Stables is our beautifully restored meeting venue on the farm.  Situated right on the lane, it welcomes groups from far and wide.  For many of our customers they have chosen The Stables for its ample free parking, ease of access (just off the A417),it’s lovely food and personal service.

5 & 6: Conservation at Lower House Farm
Here at Lower House Farm, the environment that we have and work within has always been important to us. In 1999 we joined the Countryside Stewardship Scheme (CSS). This has enabled us to put in new hedges on the farm totalling 2200 metres, which has resulted in a very diverse landscape, with sightings of rare Corn Buntings and Lapwings by the local ornithological group. These hedging plants are bought from a local nursery and are a mixture of hedging plants like Beech, Ash, Hornbeam, Dogwood, Quickthorn and Spindle. In 2005 we joined the Entry Level Scheme (ELS). This allowed us to continue with other conservation projects on the farm.

Grass strips are planted alongside sensitive areas including water courses, hedges and in some cases houses. These total 6000 metres. Three years ago, we entered into a scheme with the RSPB and a number of different agencies to put down a special grass seed mixture around one field to encourage birds and insects to nest. The results have been monitored over the last few years and the results can be viewed here (Bird Record 1) and here (Bird Record 2). Alongside that, we have put in special scrapes in the fields as we are planting the wheat. These provide a nesting place or landing place for birds and their young.

7: Arable Crops
We currently use a Ford New Holland CX860 Combine Harvester for our combinable crops.  We usually grow wheat ,oil seed rape, oats,barley and maize.

8: Ancient Woodland
Many years ago, when we were looking into Stewardship, we looked at some old woodland and discovered certain varieties of plants and fauna within the wood. We contacted a conservation advisory group who informed us that the species of plants found were only found in ancient woodland. This woodland has therefore been kept out of any wood-thinning programmes for the moment.

9: Cider Apples
In 2009 and 2010 we planted 70 acres of Cider Apple trees for Westons Cider.  They are mixed varieties including Dabinett, Michelin, Hastings, Vicky and Gilly.  The trees are pruned from December-March and the apples are harvested in October.