High Weald

hawthbushfarmA peaceful self catering family retreat in a converted former piggery and cowshed built before 1836, these two accommodation choices are recently refurbished and on a working 140 acre organic farm with environmental husbandry at the centre of all activities. Toby and Lisa, the owners are working with Natural England and their Higher Level Environmental Stewardship Scheme to protect and enhance the rare species, rich grasslands, ancient coppiced woodland, hedgerows and ponds. They hay the meadows late in the year to encourage wildlife and to allow the diverse grassland species to set seed. Areas of wild bird seed mix are sown to help feed wild birds through winter and there are a number of skylark plots to encourage these delightful birds to return (they have been here the last two years).

Chiddingly is on the edge of the High Weald AONB and has a wealth of footpaths and cycle routes around the surrounding area and up into the High Weald. Visitors are encouraged to borrow bikes and to follow trails such as the nearby Cuckoo Trail or walk some of the nearby Weald Way long distance path which crosses the High Weald.

A guest guide highlights local businesses and attractions which share values with Hawthbush Farm who are pleased to support the two local pubs, both of which serve excellent locally sourced food as well as the much lauded local ale Harveys. Both are a short distance away. There are also a number of local farmshops within a short distance that sell local and organic products.

ourland_logoHawthbush Farm has recently signed up to Our Land, a website that promotes businesses based in protected landscapes who have pledged to care for their local landscape and promote what is special about it.

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