The CRT purchased Turnastone Court Farm in January 2003 when the ancient meadows were at risk of being turned into potato farms. Local residents contacted us to let us know about the worrying prospects of the farm, and how the wildlife-rich area would be negatively affected. Following a fundraising campaign, we raised the money to buy the farm and allow its wildlife habitats to thrive – which they have!
Our current tenants, Gareth and Madeline Boaz use the pasture to graze approximately 400 sheep along with a small herd of Hereford cattle.
Based in the heart of cider country, Turnastone would not be complete without an orchard comprising local varieties of apples and pears.
Turnastone Court farm has an excellent converted barn, which is home to a pioneering educational programme called MOSAIC and during school holidays the lodge can be hired out so family and friends can reconnect with the countryside and stay on this beautiful farm.
With help from volunteers and wildlife monitors, our farmers use a variety of sensitive farming methods to transform areas of intensively farmed desert into productive farms teeming with wildlife.
We update these species dependant on yearly reports produced by our wildlife monitors.
We give the conservation status beneath each species name. Find out more about our sources.