Open Day at the Farm

May 29th 2019
By: Melanie Hollidge
Open Day at the Farm

Just north of Harpenden and St Albans Luton Hoo Walled garden, Luton, LU1 3TQ are hosting an open day for their farm on 9th June 2019. This is a great opportunity to get the whole family out into the grounds of a traditional County Estate.

The Luton Hoo Estate has been in the hands of the same family since 1903 when it was purchased by the Wernher's. While the mansion house was sold in 1999, the main Estate remains in family hands and continues to thrive, evolve and develop. Luton Hoo Estate has something to offer everyone, with a stunning Walled Garden, modern farm and park. 

The Estate farms over 1200 acres and it is the heart of the Estate and has been managed in hand for over 100 years.  The farm practice involves Conservation Farming, which incorporates a long term holistic approach to farming. This uses conservation principals in the crop production to improve return whilst enhancing and safeguarding the environment for the future.  

Crop establishment is completed by non-inversion tillage, which when combined with the overwintered stubbles has limited the spread of weeds, especially black grass, whilst improving soil structure. This in turn has ensured a reduction in chemical and fertiliser applications. 

The Estate has formed close links with LEAF, and the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust.  Using best practice, it has a number of measures in place to help increase the species diversity in a relatively urban part of rural Britain.

They also run our own environmental management programme including fallow land, focussing on local species. The overall result has been a dramatic increase in yields and also an increase in biodiversity across the spectrum of farm species.For any budding St Albans or Harpenden farmers this farm open day is a great way to find out more about local farming.