Environmental stewardshipOver the last ten years we have developed key areas of the farm into Entry and Higher Level Stewardship. Our current scheme, which will run until 2018, has a good mix of features including reversion of arable fields to downland, grassing down of a scheduled monument, shallow tillage on arable fields where archaeology may be present, downland and meadow grass management, plus thousands of metres of wild bird and nectar mix field boundaries. We have noticed a significant boost to the wild bird, butterfly and small mammal population during the life of these schemes.
ForestryAcross the farm as a whole, there are 193 hectares (475 acres) of woodland. This ranges from commercial forestry on the southern end of the farm at Stockton where there is deep clay soil, ideal for tree growing, to amenity and sporting woodland, and then poplars and wetland trees in the meadows. The commercial forestry was replanted in the 1950’s by Michael Stratton, and is now producing some good quality timber. The amenity and sporting areas are partly commercial, however they are managed more now to promote game birds and wildlife. There is a range of timber produced, with the best quality sold into the timber trade, medium quality for firewood, and all the poorest goes for woodchip.
FishingThe River Wylye runs through the farm. It is managed well in order to provide excellent fishing for wild brown trout and grayling.
Barney Stratton runs a successful commercial partridge and pheasant shoot across our land and the neighbouring farms. There is a good mix of early season partridge days on the downs, through to more traditional pheasant drives in the old woodland at Stockton. Visit Stockton Shoot
East Farm Christmas
Jennifer Stratton owns and runs this seasonal Christmas business. Started in 2010, East Farm Christmas sells and wide range of decorations and gifts, plus there is a café, Father Christmas grotto, and Christmas tree sales. It is open from mid-October until December 23rd. Visit East Farm Christmas.