Our traditional stone eco-cottage is located on the Clun Valley Organics farm (known as Brynmawr) in beautiful South Shropshire. It is a mixed farm, with cattle, sheep and a range of crops grown. (Certified with the Soil Association). The farm also includes the Shropshire Wildlife Trust's Rhos Fiddle Reserve, a beautiful large expanse of upland moorland, designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) for its significant wildlife interest.
The farm produces traditional breed beef cattle and sheep, including Highland and Hereford cattle and Hebridean sheep. These breeds are particularly well adapted to grazing the semi-natural habitats found on both the farm and adjacent Wildlife Trust reserve. Crops grown include barley and oats, for feeding and littering the animals, as well as potatoes, carrots, leeks and swedes. Many of the vegetables are sold at local farmers markets.
The farm is situated in the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is in a Natural England Higher Level Stewardship scheme, a ten-year agreement providing funding to farmers and other land managers who deliver significant environmental benefits on their land. Such environmental management at Brynmawr farm includes:
- Hedgerow restoration and less frequent trimming
- Erection of bird boxes for a range of species including tree sparrows
- Creation of wetland scrapes fro birds such as Lapwing
- Late cutting of hay meadows to allow plants to flower and set seed
- Reduced stocking rates of land in the spring to allow ground nesting birds to nest successfully