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Tasty Kale


Some of our Aberdeen Angus X cattle strip grazing kale on the farm.

This is the first time we have grown kale for over 30 years the last time we grew it in these fields was in the late 1970’s
when it was grown for the dairy cows we used to have at Springfield Farm in Westcott.

It’s great winter cattle feed high in starch and protein we supplement the fibre requirement with grass silage.



Late Lambs in the Sun

Our late lambs hanging in the sun. Their earlier half siblings will soon be ready to possibly jump into your freezer!


It’s finally greening up!

Finally it seems like everything is greening up under the hill.
About time to !


Asparagus Harvest Underway

Our first ever Asparagus got underway last week and started v well especially with the warm weather over the bank holiday weekend at the beginning of May. The cooler wetter weather has slowed things up though.
We are selling the asparagus to the following shops(correct as of 12-5-13)

Kingfisher Farm Shop, Abinger Hammer
Village Greens , Dorking(Denbies) and Ockley
Dorking Deli,West Street ,Dorking
Butchers Hall, Forest Green( next to The Parrot pub)
Dorking Food Float , Friday and Saturday on Dorking High Street.
The Chelsea Fishmonger ,Merrow.


Contrasting Skies

Moody skies over some newly sown grass.

Spring in the Woods

Spring finally breaking through on a ditch side on one of our woodland edges.

Drilling Grass Seed


Our contractor came in to drill some grass seed that should have been drilled last autumn.
Finally the ground was dry enough to plough on Good Friday and then drilled the following week after drying out over the Easter weekend.

A long term grass ley was drilled in two fields and a red clover silage ley in the third.
Lets hope it gets away and up before it gets too dry !

New Twitter Feed Link

Our WordPress blog updates will now ping through on our Twitter feed @sondesplacefarm

Cycle Path Shaping Up


Work by the County Council on the Dorking to Westcott cycle path(Route22) through the farm progresses steadily despite some poor weather.

Once the weather finally warms up (haha!) the new path will be surfaced and finally completed.

The picture shows the spur from Lince Lane taken from the main part of the new east/west path.Work is taking place to fence the area just off the foot bridge over the Pippbrook.

Ploughing at last


Finally it’s dry enough to get some ground ploughed.
These fields behind Westcott are to be sown with grass a risky job in the spring.
It should have been done in the autumn but it was so we you couldn’t move properly on the fields without sinking !