The sensory Garden
Tractor tyres filled with sweet smelling herbs and plants.
The Chocolate mint plant is very popular :)
Billow Farm offers FREE visits to schools, nurseries, care homes,
youth groups, in fact anyone who would like to learn about Farming, Wildlife &
Please call 01453 810242 for more information
Billow Farm was established during the 17th century and has since had many owners. The present tenants Simon & Hazel Pain, who took over the running of the farm from Simon’s father Headley in 2001, had to decide what the future held for Billow Farm.
With Hazel’s long experience working with Horses it was decided to use the buildings for equine use and after converting the yard and buildings to suit Horses and Ponies Billow Farm Livery was established.
Finding a use for the arable land was the next challenge. With help from Natural England the farm entered the Countrywide Stewardship Scheme. The agreement enabled us to turn our arable land into flower and grassland meadows. Ponds that had been filled in during the 1970’s were reinstated and hedges replanted.
Birds, mammals and flowers never seen on the farm before began to establish as the environment improved. Bird and Bat boxes were built to encourage extra wild life and the farm soon saw the return of Barn Owls, Grey Partridge and Reed Buntings.
By 2010, many metres of hedging had been planted and laid. Wildlife margins have been established in the fields, eight ponds re-instated and trees continue to be planted, all to create the correct environment for our wildlife to establish and grow.
Billow Farm has on two occasions been 2nd in conservation competitions and has featured on the radio and television.
FWAG Silver Pintail Award 2011
|Simon Pain at Billow Farm has been announced as the winner of the FWAG 2011 Silver Pintail Award. The award this year embraced the launch of the UN Decade of Biodiversity (2011 – 2020). This year’s theme was “Pollinators on the farm”. Simon was able to demonstrate a varied source of pollen and nectar rich fields and margins, encouraging pollinators to create their homes in nearby bug hotels and natural habitats. Simon Pain, who has spent the last 10 years improving the environment for wildlife was delighted to accept the award at the FWAG Annual Meeting|
'The Peoples Trust for Endangered Species Hedgerows for Dormice award for 2010'.
Simon from Billow Farm with the 'Hedgerows for Dormice Award 2010'
|Pumpkins grown at Billow Farm were donated to local youth groups for Halloween|
Children from The
in Cam held a
Build a Bug Hotel
competiton and a