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Goodbye Julian

Goodbye Julian

Julian’s last newsletter 2016 ” In the past I have touched on the subject of death in the countryside. It is an almost daily occurrence and that is, perhaps, why country folk generally are less anti blood-sports than their urban cousins. Hege hates foxes because they come and eat her …

Scything at Leckhampton (c) Peter Cranswick 7

Scything for beginners!

Summer scything (with Cider? – maybe afterwards…) Saturday 6th August 10am – 4pm at Westley Farm —- It’s FREE!!!! — Thanks to the Cotswold Concervation Board ‘Save our Magnificent Meadows’ project,  we are very lucky to have Chris Riley as our instructor for the day.

Marsh Frit1sm

Habitat Conservation Day

Volunteers needed!! Thursday 8th October  10:30am – 3:30pm (I’m pretty sure there will be cake!) Come and help us clear scrub on the Butterfly Banks of Westley Farm to help maintain important habitat for the rare marsh fritillary butterfly! This is one of the pickiest butterflies I have come across …


What a Fab review!

Back in July, Harriet O’Brien and I spent a lovely afternoon walking around the farm and chatting of this and that. Harriet is a travel journalist for the Telegraph and told me that Westley Farm may get a mention when she compiles her next Guide to the Cotswolds. Julian was …

Jim and Tim

Filming at the Farm

Julian has a very talented family. Several of his nephews make documentaries. Yesterday his nephew Tim Usborne arrived with crew and Jim Al-Khalili to film part of a programme on quantum mechanics. I know what you’re thinking. And I don’t know ‘why Westley Farm’ either, other than the fabulous views …

2008-Oct branch

Apple Pressing at Westley Farm

October 7th: Bring your apples – let’s get juicy It’s that time of year again – and this year it’s early, like everything else. The apples are beginning to drop from the trees and our thoughts are turning to pressing…