Broughton Grounds Farm, near Banbury is a very special farm run by the Taylor family. I am fortunate enough to be working with James Taylor on a personal photographic project to document the farming year on the farm. My first pictures are of the first crop of lambs - plus er, the two pigs that happily root around in one corner of the farm.
Broughton Grounds is a special farm because James and his parents, Andy and Margaret have an unusually close affinity with the land they farm, the animals they rear and the food they produce. Their farming policy has been largely unaffected by the trends of the last 50 years to bombard the land with high doses of chemical pesticides and fertilisers. They use a traditional rotation to preserve and grow the fertility of the ground. They use most of the hay and grain grown on the farm to feed their lambs and beef animals. So they have an almost self-contained system with the output being top quality, traceable meat.
James works hard to welcome the public onto the farm through open days and regular group visits by local schools and special needs groups. I think it is so highly commendable for a busy working farmer to do this. Communication between food producers and their customers and neighbours is sadly lacking in the UK.
The traditional farming system employed by the Taylors means that they have some incredibly valuable permanent meadows with a huge diversity of naturally occurring species of grasses and wild flowers - 150 at the last count! I can't wait to see that meadow in June/July in all it's glory!
And the best news of all? You can stay in this wonderful place as Margaret provides the best B&B for miles around!
NEWS UPDATE: James has kindly agreed that I can use the farm for a limited number of my family photoshoots - these will be quite restricted so as not to interfere with the running of the farm. Please contact me for more details.