Welcome to Farrington Farms - a family farming business based near Wiveliscombe in West Somerset. Over three generations the farm has expanded and now includes a diverse range of activities but still with farming at its heart.
What was a mixed arable and beef farm up until 1999, it has now transformed into a predominantly arable farm growing cereals such as wheat, barley, oilseed rape, oats, beans and cover crops. There is also some miscanthus, better known as elephant grass, grown on the farm which is used as biomass fuel in power stations. The farm is part of the Entry Level and Higher Level Stewardship environmental schemes and has been involved in these schemes for 20 years. Over this time there have been increases in wildlife on the farm, to include some of the farmland birds listed on the red list - Skylark, Linnett, Yellowhammer and Barn Owl to name a few.
To make good use of redundant farm buildings and to preserve and retain their character, a couple of development projects have been completed including a range of award winning office suites.
A self storage business has been started on the farm and it provides affordable storage to the local residents and businesses.
A woodland management plan is in place so that the forestry operations are carried out in a sustainable way. The wood is used to supply biomass boilers and firewood to the local area.
The farming and contracting operation includes modern John Deere tractors and combine harvester which are fitted with GPS steering systems. Investment has been made in the latest technology to reduce time, fuel and inputs which improve the efficiency of all activities. The combine can record yield maps showing which areas of the fields are performing well and which are not. Areas which require certain treatment to help improve the overall yield are then identified.
With a passion to improve the soil and due to a lack of manure from livestock, different approaches have been taken including the application of sewage sludge, compost material and chopping the straw to give the soil much needed organic matter. A min-till approach is currently taken while strip drills are being investigated. Spring cropping is part of the rotation to allow cover crops to be grazed over the winter by neighbours' sheep adding valuable nutrient and organic matter benefits. While striving to become less reliant on inorganic sprays and fertilisers, these steps are improving our soils which benefit the farm, the environment and the wildlife.
All farm operations are carried out in house by trained operators with modern machinery. If you are looking for some help with various operations, large or small, or looking to enter into some form of farming agreement, joint venture, contract farming then please get in touch.
There is a range of commercial office suites, light industrial and workshop units on the farm. A traditional range of farm buildings was developed into offices in 2003 and won the RICS Building Conservation Award. A dedicated high speed fibre internet connection was installed to serve the offices in 2019.
Other farm buildings are used for light industrial and workshop use and there are various concrete yards used for a wide range of activities.
In addition, there are residential properties rented on assured shorthold tenancies.
Have a look at availability below and feel free to contact us if you would like to enquire about any properties mentioned above.
The self storage is operated under Wiveliscombe Self Storage which offers a range of units from 24 sq ft up to 160 sq ft. in containers. For larger units please see Property above. The containers are vented and come with a grafo therm treatment to prevent condensation and keep your items dry.
Situated in the farm yard there is ample parking and loading space.
Initial viewing by appointment only.
Firewood is available from the sustainably managed woodlands. It is processed into 9 inch lengths to suit a wide range of wood burners, fires and boilers.
1.5 cubic metre tipping trailer is used for delivery and delivery is free within a 5 mile radius of the farm.
Please contact us to book a delivery of logs.
Frys Farm, Croford, Wiveliscombe, Taunton, Somerset, TA4 2TS.
Tel: 07866 732209 or 07973 381278