Welcome To Roundoak
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.
At the beginning of 2014 our flock stands at over 500 Hebridean Ewes and Rams and we are currently in the middle of another successful year of lambing.
The highland cattle fold has also grown since the farm acquired a stock from the well known Frith Manor Farm fold at Lingfield.
In the spring of 2014 our fold has grown substantially. Kier and Sam are the two Bulls and there are approximately 70 cows and calves.
The farm has also expanded its conservation grazing to Teston Country Park and also West Malling Country Park. Private land is also grazed at East Malling and West Farleigh. Last year we grazed for Kent Wild life Trust at the Holbourgh Marshes. We also graze the Loose valley for the Loose Valley Amenity Trust and the Yalding Fens for the Medway Valley Conservation Trust. The conservation grazing is shared between the Highland Cattle and also the Hebridean sheep both of which have very 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.
Now in the Spring/Summer of 2014 the farm is now established and has a firm commercial footing. We 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"