The end of January 2017 was an exciting time for us – we completed on our first agricultural land purchase. 6 acres of pasture – unfenced, no water, electric or buildings, but fantastic grazing land. And it was ours!

Plump Hill Farm | Small Holding | High Welfare Meat Producer | Forest of Dean

We had some pigs already on order so the first priority was to set up the pig pens. So began what was to become a familiar process – drafting in the family. We worked in all weathers, loving every minute of it. Our pigs would live in style.

Plump Hill Farm | Small Holding | High Welfare Meat Producer | Forest of Dean

Passionate about ecology and keen on the aesthetics of the site, we also planted apple trees, silver birch and 150 hedging plants. Even in the mud we found ourselves smiling.

Plump Hill Farm | Small Holding | High Welfare Meat Producer | Forest of Dean

Next came the barn – essential for feed and hay storage. Again, we drafted in the troops. A proper family affair. Needless to say we had consulted with Planners and obtained the relevant authority before commencing work.

Plump Hill Farm | Small Holding | High Welfare Meat Producer | Forest of Dean

Plump Hill Farm | Small Holding | High Welfare Meat Producer | Forest of Dean

We cheated on the next bit and employed an expert, a local guy from Drybrook who erected our polytunnel, an agricultural unit which we will use for lambing and emergency accommodation in times of inclement weather or illness. We added IBC containers to collect rainwater from gutters running the length of the tunnel.

Plump Hill Farm | Small Holding | High Welfare Meat Producer | Forest of Dean

Plump Hill Farm | Small Holding | High Welfare Meat Producer | Forest of Dean

Finally, on this particular leg of our journey, we sited an ISO container for storage of farming equipment. Oh, and we laid a track.

Plump Hill Farm | Small Holding | High Welfare Meat Producer | Forest of Dean

All we had to do now was fence the rest of the field! 🙂