Twyford Farm is a magical property. It is a 220-acre mix of wonderful woodland, peaceful pasture and an exquisite lake located in Ashdown Forest, in the High Weald area of outstanding natural beauty.
The farm was donated to the CRT in 2013 by the late Alison Mountain. Current tenants, Bob Felton and Liz Wallis use the farm for grazing sheep and cattle as well as running a very popular B&B. With the outstanding surroundings the guest accommodation is incredibly popular with wildlife lovers and people just wanting a rest and retreat from busy urban life.
The farm has a number of small grass meadows, all of which have grass verges and hedges to create attractive corridors for wildlife. We keep the area as quiet and undisturbed as possible. Our volunteers on site carry out conservation activities to make the meadows a home to wildlife as well as livestock.
The highlight of the farm is the ancient woodland, which is rich in wildlife such as roe and fallow deer, rare birds such as the lesser spotted woodpecker and marsh tit and rare flora such as the ivy-leaved bellflower. During the first fortnight of May, there is an eruption of bluebells which is breathtaking.
At CRT we support and encourage our tenant farmers to use sustainable farming methods wherever possible, because we know these practices positively benefit the environment, wildlife and ultimately, humankind.
We provide support, resources and volunteers to assist the conservation activities across our sites. For example, volunteers on all the properties have planted hedgerows, resulting in wildlife corridors and increased biodiversity.
Our wildlife monitors complete regular surveys of each site, covering large species like deer or otters to invertebrates like freshwater shrimp and water beetles. Below are some of the most iconic species residing on our sites.
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Lesser-spotted woodpecker and...
Butterfly species spotted on Twyford Farm
The mammal species spotted at Twyford Farm