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Understanding Winter Dormancy in Lucerne Varieties

Understanding Winter Dormancy in Lucerne Varieties

Lucerne varietal choice can be confusing.  This is mainly because Lucerne is not native to UK soil, and therefore picking the right…

Groundswell: A Fresh Perspective on Herbal Leys

Groundswell: A Fresh Perspective on Herbal Leys

Ian will be presenting a fresh perspective on herbal leys in the Soil Tent on 27th June at 12.30pm. This article is featured in the…

Tickets for Sainfoin Experience Day 31st May

Tickets for Sainfoin Experience Day 31st May

There are few forage crops like sainfoin. This legume is seeing a resurgece in popularity thanks to the recent EU-funded research that has…

Honeydale Planning Approval

Honeydale Planning Approval

We are delighted to announce that the plans for the Centre at Honeydale Farm have been unanimously approved. We are now in the process of…

Sowing Trees at Honeydale

Sowing Trees at Honeydale

19th Apr 2018 -

Yesterday, Ian and Danny, Champion of Trees, were busy at Honeydale sowing half an acre of tree seeds, a project being run in conjunction…

Repairing Damaged Grassland After Winter

Repairing Damaged Grassland After Winter

After what has felt like a very long, wet winter, we are receiving lots of enquiries about repairing grass leys that may have been poached…

First Hand: Sainfoin with Vernon Bailey

First Hand: Sainfoin with Vernon Bailey

28th Mar 2018 -

Vernon Bailey has farmed his land in Oxfordshire for fifty years but recently learned from a farmer who was working it back in the 1920s…

First Hand: Lamins Mix with David Renner

First Hand: Lamins Mix with David Renner

28th Mar 2018 -

David Renner is a third generation farmer who also has a degree in biological sciences from Oxford University. What particularly interested…

First Hand: Huw Jones talks about Specialist Hay Ley

First Hand: Huw Jones talks about Specialist Hay Ley

28th Mar 2018 -

A coastal farm that suffers from damp atmospheric conditions is not ideal for making hay, but Huw Jones, a fourth generation farmer in…

First Hand: Four Year Humus Builder with John Farquharson

First Hand: Four Year Humus Builder with John Farquharson

28th Mar 2018 -

‘Without soil, the arable farmer is nothing’, says John Farquharson, who farms Wolmore Farm, halfway between Bridgnorth and…

Michael Gove Introduced to Herbal Leys

Michael Gove Introduced to Herbal Leys

As Defra published it’s consultation paper today, outlining plans for new funding for environmental schemes, rewarding farmers who…

Soil Experts

Soil Experts

Five members of the Cotswold Seeds team have just completed a three day intensive course on soil microbiology, looking at everything, from…

On Track at Honeydale Farm

On Track at Honeydale Farm

Work will begin this week on the new entrance to Honeydale Farm. The new track will replace the existing one to improve road safety since…

Rye Time

Rye Time

Pleased to announce that this year’s supply of rye will be available in the next couple of days, ahead of it becoming widely…

On Your Bike

On Your Bike

We’ve been drilling Ryegrass (Westerwold) and vetch at Honeydale Farm today before the rain forecast for this weekend. It’s to…

Bags of Choice

Bags of Choice

Our durable Cotswold Seed bags have always been very popular, with many farmers finding multiple uses for them after they’ve been…

Not too late to sow Early Fold Root Mixture

Not too late to sow Early Fold Root Mixture

Root mixtures like Early Fold are excellent for winter grazing. At Honeydale, we used Early Fold in our eight year crop rotation, the catch…

Swift Arrival

Swift Arrival

We’ve sold out of Redstart but the replacement, Swift, will be in stock towards the end of the week.  The rape and kale hybrid…

Rye Supply: Order Now While Stocks Last

Rye Supply: Order Now While Stocks Last

The dry spring and wetish summer has meant that the harvest has been difficult for many this year. But we’re now entering the narrow…

Herbal Ley for Cutting

Herbal Ley for Cutting

Farmer James Foote was prompted to contact us earlier this year after seeing our various discussions regarding herbal leys on social media.…