Terra Amata Farm consists of approx. 30 hectares and is the home of the Van Nes family, who have been involved in farming for many generations. Originally the farm was part of a much larger farm growing arable crops as well as carrying a small herd of Friesian dairy cows with young stock. In the 70’s and 80’s several hedgerows were taken out to make fields more efficient to plough and to harvest but under the Countryside Stewardship Scheme (CCS) these have recently been replanted and restored.


From the year 2000 the whole farm was entered into an agri-environment scheme to enable us to put in place a more extensive land management system to benefit the environment and wildlife.  Arable fields were re-seeded with a special grass seed mixture containing meadow flower perennials to produce traditional hay meadows with added colour, diversity, and wildlife interest.

Several small wetland areas (scrapes) were created to further increase the diversity of our local landscape.  The farm has a Countryside Stewardship Scheme (CSS) agreement in place, under which the farm is managed to help enhance wildlife habitats and to encourage key species of plants, birds, and insects to flourish. Permissible access footpaths exist across the holding and this is linked in with other public footpaths leading to other meadows and woodlands.

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