The Dale Family & Farm

Farmers are gardeners just on a bigger scale...

Whether it be February or July there is always something happening on the farm, our 500 acres of farm is working 24/7 so whether the sheep are being moved from one field to another, the kale being picked to go to our nationwide supermarkets or the wheat being harvested whenever you visit the farm you’ll be in for a surprise!

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The Dale Family have been farming and living on Manor Farm since 1945. Manor Farm is located in the quaint village of Bourton-on- the- Hill. Our farm is used to grow grain, wheat, barley and oats while the other half is used to farm vegetables such as Peas, Brussels Sprouts, Black Kale and Cabbage farmed at a high level of proficiency.

On our farm are two Tithe Barns that were built by Westminster Abbey, who owned the farm for over 535 years, dating back to 1472. These barns were used as storage for the village Tithes, as old cow sheds and shire horse stalls, one of which we have converted into the Dale Farm Museum.  We like to invite our touring guests to experience our family’s history and land, perhaps you might put your hand towards learning a country art, learn how to make our traditional dry stone walls or learn how we plant the farm year to year.

What you’re likely to see and when you visit…

January to March

Seeding over the winter. Our sheep are out in the fields eating the remains of the vegetables, fating them up for lambing come April.

April to June

Life on the farm has begun and coming to life, the lambs will be out in the fields. All the barley and oats are growing rapidly.

July to September

A busy time on the farm harvesting, ploughing and reseeding. Combining out in the fields cutting the wheat, picking our black kale, sprouts and cabbage.

October to December

The landscape is changing with the stunning foliage and planting is beginning ready for next summer.