21st September 2019 - 21st September 2019 , 10:00 - 14:00
Manor Farm is a traditional mixed farm in Wotton, run by various generations of the Matthews family since 1935. It was originally ‘Home Farm’ for Wotton House, owned by the Evelyn family.
The Matthews’ family business now extends to approximately 3,000 acres over a distance of 20 miles with ten Landlords, a small area of owned land and a business park as part of their farm diversification.
There is a mix of arable and cattle farming but over one quarter of the farm is not in food production. Instead it is providing a haven for flora and fauna with the hedgerows, woods, ditches, ponds and almost 50 miles of 6m field margins creating mixed habitats, a diverse patchwork landscape and wildlife corridors in which wildlife can find shelter, safety, food and water.
Manor Farm have been hosting educational farm visits for children of all ages and Key Stages since 2007 and for the last 10 years have been awarded the Quality Badge from the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom.
Our visit will provide an opportunity for us to see and learn about the challenges of running such a large farm so close to London, in populated areas and within the Surrey Hills AONB. Apart from their farming activities you will hear about their educational work and about the Red Tractor Farm Assurance scheme with which they are heavily involved.
The visit will include a walk around part of the estate so we will be spending part of the day outside. Please dress appropriately for the weather on the day.
Our visit, which includes coffee on arrival and lunch, will be £20 for members and £22 for non-members.
The event is unsuitable for children and dogs. Walking will be predominantly on unmade surfaces. If you have any mobility issues, please advise us when booking.
Booking is essential. If you would like to join us, please book online or complete and return the attached
to arrive at Warren Farm Barns by Monday 16th September or, if booking on-line, by Thursday 19th September.
For further details and enquiries, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or on mobile 07530-949302.