Welcome To Roundoak
2015 Now Well Established Roundoak Continues to Grow
Roundoak is set in the heart of the Kentish countryside, south of the county town Maidstone, on the southerly slopes of the Greensand Ridge overlooking the beautiful weald of Kent. The mainly grassland farm now consists of approximately 180 acres including 5 acres of natural oak woodland at Sutton Valence and a further 50 acres just a mile or so away in Ulcombe. The farm also conservation graze approximately 350 acres throughout central Kent.
Hebridean Sheep are unusual in this part of the South East but it was the idea of Norman and Ruth Coles to purchase a flock of 16 ewes and Winkwell Falco the ram and breed them in Kent. The sheep were purchased on the Borders of Scotland and England from a hill farm near the Kielder Forest in Cumbria. Our first lambing season in spring 2005 produced 32 lambs from the 16 ewes we had two sets of triplets, some twins and a few singles. All mothers lambed themselves outdoors without intervention.
2015 is an exciting year at Roundoak, the farm has obtained planning permission for a permanent residency and construction is already underway. The flock of Hebridean Ewes and Rams continues to grow, and at its peek during the year stands at nearly 500.
The Highland cattle fold has also continued to grow since the farm acquire the stock from the well-know Frith Manor Farm Fold at Lingfield. This year 2015 our fold stands at approximately 80 cows and calves. The farm was sad to loose Kier, one of the main bulls, but Sam is still at the farm as has been joined by Victor of Ern, who was purchased in Scottland towards the end of 2014.
Conservation grazing remains an important part of Roundoak and the farm graze Teston Country Park for Kent County Council. We also graze the Loose Valley for the Loose Valley Amenity trust and the Yalding Fends for the Medway Valley Conservation Trust. Private land is also grazed at East Malling and West Farleigh. The Conservation Grazing is shared between the Highland Cattle and Hebridean Sheep, both of which have similar qualities.
The farm still has a Gloucester Old Spots boar and a Tamworth sow. The farm also have plenty of free-range chickens and several guinea fowl that can be found roaming around the farm.
The farm have expanded their commercial footing and now regularly supply local butchers, restaurant and many individuals with our quality lamb and beef.
The caravan pitches continue to be popular with many of our visitors re-visiting.
"One of the largest flocks of Hebridean sheep in the UK"