ABOUT THE FARM
All the Oxen Park land was once part of the Ashton Manor estate which dates back to medieval times. The northern boundary was the boundary of a Deer park and hosts some beautiful ancient trees leaning over onto the Oxen Park hill.
The 'hill' is a 19 acre field known as Ryecroft. Here there are extraordinary views towards Dartmoor and right across South Devon. The team pioneering this project felt that a great deal of activity would take place on this very special hill so 'On the Hill' became the name of the community interest company.
The farmhouse and buildings were built in the 1970's. Much of the 55 acres of surrounding land was previously arable, but for the past 23 years it has been farmed in an excellent manner by Jerry Horsman and his wife Rosemary, along with a substantial suckling herd of South Devon cows which have grazed the abundant, fertile pastures, leaving the soil in great condition.
We have already planted 3 acres of orchard and nearly two acres of new woodland and whilst we are determined that the land will be used for social and educational purposes, we are still considering the role and extent of farm animals and the possibilities of field-scale crops.
This year a good barn full of quality small bale hay will be made. The slopes of the hill will be maintained as a wild flower meadow and in August sheep will be grazed there.
Watch this space and please do get involved!