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So here it is, the farm now finally has a website. And I have somewhere to document this fascinating and ever evolving journey towards both the conservation and diversification of these 150 acres in the heart of Buckinghamshire.

That journey started with my grandfather more than 60 years ago. And over the past few years I have been on a steep learning curve on how to continue the farm's heritage of environmental protection, and to balance the need for biodiversity to flourish, while welcoming people to the farm to experience all the benefits that nature provides and that are so needed right now.

More than anything I appreciate the value of working together and collaborating, whether it's with other local landowners or people living in the local community. A very exciting project with the Freshwater Habitats Trust has just been given the go-ahead to restore and create ponds and areas of wetland on the farm. This will help to create a more biodiverse landscape as well as new habitats for wildlife. As part of the North Bucks Freshwater Resilience Project it will also help with flood and water management at a time when we are all reminded of the scarcity of this natural resource. In the midst of this hot summer the farm is tinder-dry, so I look forward to when the ponds and streams are full of life.

I would like to express particular and heartfelt gratitude for the collaboration with Tamara Russell and Trudi Simpson who have been on this journey since the beginning of 2020 when they started living at the farm. We have been learning from each other and we have been learning from nature, striking a balance between planning for the future while allowing new opportunities to emerge.

Some of the planning is very long term. They say that the best time to plant a tree is today. Even then it may be that my two sons will be who receive its benefits, but their generation will need them most.

Thank you to everyone who has been part of the journey so far. Last year we came together at PitchShift for two wonderful weekends of new experiences and perspectives. This year we will gather on the first weekend of September, and I look forward to seeing old and new friends then.


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Hi Tony, I have been on several retreats to the farm and on both occasions have had experiences that have shaped the course of my life. Pitchcott has a certain kind of magic, especially beneath Big Mamma where guided by Trudi and Tamara shifts happen. What I’d like to see here is for you to publish a monthly blog. I am now a photographer (was a SEN teacher) and would love some more pics to document the changing seasons at the farm. Thanks x JulieAnn

Tony Langford
Tony Langford
02 déc. 2022
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Thank you Julie! Lovely to hear about your experiences while on retreats at the farm. You are right I need to get my act together with the blog postings. I have though been writing a 'learning journal' over the course of this year to document the work I have been doing on the farm and more importantly my learning from the land. There are lots of photos in that to illustrate how quickly it changes with the seasons. At the end of the year I will write a post here with links to the learning journal. But for now here's a couple of photos that I took on the farm this week. The sheep are back in Big Meadow…

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