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Farm History

Farmer Gow's was established in July 2002 on rented farmland at Appleton, near Oxford.

 

 

 


      

The farm park relocated to owned premises - Henleaze Farm, Longcot – at the end of 2007 and re-opened on the new site on 1 January 2008.

A barn conversion provides a Farm Shop/Reception, Harvest Tea Room and disabled/baby change toilet facilities.  Excavated soil has been used in a landscaping project to create Henleaze Hill.

The farm has been extensively re-arranged to provide ~

  • an adventure playground, giant Bale Climb, pedal tractor yard, indoor play areas
  • fowl - chicken, geese, duck and turkey - runs
  • livestock paddocks - pigs, sheep, goats and cattle
  • a route for the trailer ride
  • a new mixed broadleaved woodland

The wildlife meadow is also used as a glamping site - The Oxford Yurt

East Field has been fenced and new hedgerows planted for - Oxford Oak Camping

A large area – some 8 acres – of former arable land has now been reverted to extensive grassland. 

Environmental projects include

  • installing barn owl boxes
  • creating a wildflower sensory area within the adventure playground
  • managing hedgerows, both new and old, extensively to create tall, wide, thick hedgerows of outstanding wildlife habitat
  • wild bird feeding programme

Soil

The farm lies on heavy clay – which lies wet in winter.

 

Landscape

The farm lies in the outstandingly beautiful Vale of White Horse – and looks up to the actual White Horse at Uffington.

 

Diversification

 
  • Firewood Direct ~ hardwood logs and kindling, available in the farm shop or delivered direct to your door
  • Christmas Trees ~ needle fresh and non-drop, grown locally in Oxfordshire.  Cut and pot grown trees, wreaths & mistletoe, tree stands, Christmas gifts, toys & decorations
  • Camping ~ Oxford Oak Camping
  • Glamping ~ The Oxford Yurt

Using the Land

The farm comprises some 11.3 hectares (28 acres) of farmland and buildings, arranged roughly as follows 

  • East Field ~ 2 hectares (5 acres) - car park, chicken runs, pastureland, adventure play area, giant sandpit, camp site
  • The Avenue ~ 0.2 hectares (½ acre) - extensively managed, new hedgerows, the route for the trailer ride, leading to
  • McCracken Field ~ 3.7 hectares (9 acres) ~ reverted to extensive grassland autumn 2009.  Livestock fields
  • Burnett Paddock ~ 0.8 hectares (2 acres) of pastureland/farm animal grazing
  • Hazell Meadow ~ 0.8 hectares (2 acres) of pastureland/farm animal grazing
  • Hengrove Wood ~ 2 hectares (5 acres) of new mixed woodland
  • Wild Flower Meadow ~ 0.2 hectares (½ acre) of wild flower meadow now with Whitehorse Tipi Village
  • Farmyard and buildings ~ 1.6 hectares (4 acres)

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
   

 
 

 

 

 

 

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