The edible woodland area is 6.8 hectares (16.8 acres) and will have a total of 4,500 trees and shrubs which will serve as a food production and recreation grounds.
The farm is run by third generation farmer, David Rose. The family has run the original farm since 1933, when Stanley Clarke first came to Screveton. His daughter & son-in-law, Margaret & Peter Rose then took over.
In recent years David, their son has championed and developed the Ecocentre alongside the running of the main farm.
To support the farm to diversify, we now have two independent trading arms, firstly as a commercial farming business and secondly as a care farm based in the Ecocentre.
Both the Farm and the Care Farm are working to develop permaculture practices that are ecologically harmonious, efficient and productive systems for creating sustainable ways of living. In addition the farm is working with the Woodland Trust to develop an Agro Forestry Scheme where trees are grown in association with crops, pastures and livestock.
The Ecocentre is located on the main farm at Home Farm, off Lodge Lane, Screveton.
What does the Ecocentre do?
We offer land based educational activities for schools and youth groups with an emphasis on food and farming. The straw built Ecocentre offers a unique class room and a great base to study sustainability and the environment.
Health & Wellbeing
We have a constantly evolving range of activities at the Ecocentre to help people reconnect with the land and take charge of their health and wellbeing especially through Green Care outdoor activities. Also including yoga, health meetings, bread making classes and the use of our outside oven to make pizzas.
Provide a venue
We provide a tranquil unique space for business meetings, corporate packages, training / educational workshops and events with catering in a rural setting.
The edible woodland is made to be attractive, tranquil, inviting and accommodating through landscaping to establish footpaths, sitting benches, gazebos and shelters (themed huts). These serve as harvesting and fruit collection stations and offer secluded meditation and retreat sections that attract a wide range of visitors and participants to the farm. It offers accessibility and participation programs for community groups, disabled people and increased opportunities for corporate bodies seeking to engage further with the community through fun and happy times.
This approx 3 mile circular route gives an opportunity to experience our 265 hectare farm enterprise; Home Farm is still essentially a family business currently run by the third generation farmer David Rose. Our farm is a mixed farm enterprise with high environmental and animal welfare systems. Our farming is more environmentally sustainable, less dependent on chemical pesticides and fertilisers, thereby making the farm more wildlife-friendly. Returning to a mixed farming system is creating a diverse base for wildlife and the RSPB and WLT have monitored increased numbers of birds and animals. Please report back what you see.