Hugh

I am thrilled that people are starting to recognise British wool. It is a great natural product with good insulation properties

Tell us a bit about your background and how long you have been farming for?

I have been farming since 1987. The estate had been in my family since 1792 and lies within the Quantock Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Tell us more about your farm and the activities you do?

Our land runs from 200ft above sea level to 1200ft. On our farm we have a mix of beef, sheep, spring barley plus an area of commercial forestry and amenity woodland. We have been certified with The Soil Association since 2006.

The estate is in a Higher Level Countryside Stewardship Scheme covering a wide range of options such as heathland management (a Site of Special Scientific Interest), hedge laying, woodland rides, winter bird stubble and supplementary feeding of wild birds. Looking after the wildlife and landscape are integral to management of the estate.

How many sheep do you have and what breed types?

We have 600 ewes mostly Romneys which have a heavy fleece.

What do you think to being a part of the Woolkeepers initiative unites the wool supply chain from farm gate to shop?

I am thrilled that people are starting to recognise British wool. It is a great natural product with good insulation properties. The Woolkeepers® initiative shows positive progress for the producers that I firmly support.

  • Location: Quantock Hills
  • Flock Size: 600
  • Breed: Romney

Close the loop and find out what we made?

The Woolkeepers® initiative has captured both transparency and traceability in a unique wool assurance scheme which traces wool from farm gate to shop front. Our visibility within the supply chain ensures compliance with safety, sustainability and welfare requirements. Each time we process wool, we create a unique identifier which traces the batch back to farm, as well as forward to our customer.

This batch of wool went to Woolroom Ltd.

Woolroom is a rural retailer-based right in the heart of England. They believe there is a better way to do sleep and understand that rather than making a purchasing based on price, we should be thinking about what is going to deliver each individual the best night’s sleep, as well as what is going to have the best possible impact on this beautiful planet. You’ll find a range of temperature regulating, hypoallergenic duvets, pillows and mattress toppers that are expertly hand-crafted to help you fall back in love with sleep – night after night. What’s more, you can buy with confidence knowing that your order will be delivered as naturally as possible, with absolutely zero synthetics. They also offer the UK’s only range of machine washable wool bedding.

 

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