Mayfields Farm

40 acres grassland farm

At only 40 acres, Mayfields Farm may be small, but it is beautiful and every aspect of it has been considered for wildlife. It was donated to the CRT in 2004 by Greta McDonough and is based in the quaint village of Themelthorpe, in the parish of Foulsham, Norfolk.


Tenant Farmer, Sarah Jenkins has a small flock of breeding pedigree Norfolk horns, southdown and Scottish blackface sheep on the small-holding, but her main activities are related to the traditional skills of shepherding, passing this heritage skill on to future generations and training sheepdogs and their handlers.

Sarah Jenkins is also the CRT's Education Officer for Mayfields Farm. She hosts a number of school visits as a part of the MOSAIC education programme. 


A traditional orchard of indigenous trees was planted at Mayfields Farm not long after the CRT took over. At 10 years old, the orchard is still in its adolescent stage, but will soon be reaching maturity. Sheep and lambs graze around the trees making it a beautiful spot to sit and take in the atmosphere and forget about modern life for a few moments.


Sarah Jenkins and Countryfile's Margherita Taylor
Another highlight of the farm is the wet woodland, which is rare. The unusual habitat attracts a wide range of different species. A raised, accessible footpath runs through the wet woodland to allow everyone to enjoy it from a safe perspective which leads to the red squirrel enclosure. 

Our red squirrels on Countryfile

We are delighted that Mayfields Farm is part of the East Anglian Red Squirrel Group. We have three dedicated red squirrel breeding enclosures housing up to two pairs at a time. We hope to breed two litters from each pair every year with each litter giving us up to eight kittens to re-introduce into the wild in areas that do not have a red squirrel population, such as Anglesey in North Wales.

Sarah Jenkins, volunteers along with Chrissie Kelley from East Anglian Red Squirrel Group featured on Countryfile in 2019. During the episode, the Countryfile explored how Sarah trains sheepdogs and their handlers, breeds red squirrels in the new-build luxury squirrel house and maintains the grasslands that she new as a child. 

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Camp in the wilds of Mayfields farm

Our traditional grassland farm offers campers the opportunity to sleep, dream, eat and make merry amongst herb-rich pastures, before awakening to the dawn chorus.

Our ethos is to prioritise the wellbeing of the soil, wildlife and flora, but we welcome camping guests with a generosity of spirit, sharing our love of our pastural haven.

Lay back and watch the skies of Norfolk darken, catch the constellations of stars as they fly over you. All you will hear are barn owls, or perhaps a fox or deer barking.

Highlights

  • Relaxed, traditional farm (dogs and barbeque welcome) with generous pitch size.
  • Access to water supply, flushing loos and phone charging facilities.
  • Half an hour’s drive to both Norwich and the North Norfolk coast.
  • Two pubs in the beautiful market town of Reepham, ten minutes away. 

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Bookings are made directly with the Mayfields staff or via pitchup website   

Norwich is a thirty minute drive away; a city famous for its castle museum, outdoor market and culture-soaked centre.

Drive thirty minutes in the opposite direction and you will hit the outstanding North Norfolk coast, smattered with villages such as Stiffkey, Cley and Salthouse. Here you will find pubs, restaurants, live music, museums, galleries and delicatessens but also peace and isolation should that be your vibe. The coast is internationally acknowledged as a sanctuary to birds and seals; sea-boat trips can be accessed in the villages of Blakeney and Morston.

The small port town of Wells-next-the-Sea, mentioned in the Doomsday Book, offers a rich hamperful of traditional seaside delights from eating fish and chips on the quay to buying crab-hooks and playing arcade games. Or perhaps grab an espresso and croissant and eat a breakfast watching the boats and the sun wake up.

One of the best things about making your home with us here at Mayfield’s is you have such a choice of things to do and each option is within easy striking distance of your pitch. The only hard part is, which one to choose? However, there’s always tomorrow…

See you soon!

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Bookings are made directly with the Mayfields staff or via this website