The Farm Tour
This guided tour will take you through the varied farmland at Wild Ken Hill, re-connecting you with something almost forgotten but so important: how we grow our food.
This tour is led by Nick Padwick, a farmer’s son from Hampshire with over 35 years of farming under his belt, and now Estate Director at Wild Ken Hill. Accompanied by a trusty spade and charming dog Charlie, Nick will not only get you familiar with traditional farming basics, but also explain why Wild Ken Hill is at the forefront of a movement that is changing British farming: regenerative agriculture.
Nick will show you the astounding complexity of soil, and explain why creating healthy soils is at the heart of farming at Wild Ken Hill. The crops we grow, the machinery we use, and the new technologies we employ are all designed to look after our soils, or “kiss the ground” as some say. By the time we finish, you’ll understand how working with nature, and not against it, can grow healthy food, in a sustainable, environmentally-friendly, and profitable manner.
And the farm at Wild Ken Hill is not a barren landscape, but rich in wildlife. Along with the vivid colours of yellow Oil Seed Rape, golden stubbles, and bright red poppies, expect to see uncountable numbers of Hares, Swifts diving overhead, hovering Kestrels, rare Grey Partridge and Lapwing, and songbirds a plenty.
AM/PM: The Farm Tour always takes place in the morning
Start Time: 09:30 (please arrive at least 15 minutes before the start time)
Duration: Around 2 and a half hours
- Tour typically on foot. Possible vehicle use in bad weather.
- Moderate walking pace with frequent stops. Moderate fitness is best to cope with walking on uneven ground. There are a small number of hilly slopes with gradients no steeper than 20%.
- Walking distance: 2-4 km
- Tour will go ahead in almost all weathers, so please dress accordingly. Trousers, sleeve-length tops and robust shoes are required in all weathers, as the ground is uneven and the long grass can be wet or scratchy. In wet or cold weather, a warm waterproof coat and wellington boots are required.
- Suitable for Children 12 and over. For little legs and impatient enthusiasts please see The Big Picture - Families
- Covid-19 secure