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 2013 our flock stands at over 550 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 2013 our fold has grown substantially. Kia and Sam are the two Bulls and there are another approximately 62 cows which are currenlty calving.
The farm has also expanded its conservation grazing to Teston Country Park and also West Malling Country Park, land at Shorne near Gravesend, the Ashdown Forest in Sussex and most recently we have developed a relationship with the Kent Wild life Trust were we conservation graze at the Holbourgh Marshes. 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 and a Tamworth pig which we successfully bred in 2013 gaining 7 beautiful little piglets. We also have plenty of free-range chickens and several guinea fowl that can be found roaming around the farm. There are currently about 60 including our own hatched birds and also some battery hens, which enjoy their new found freedom greatly.
Now in the Summer of 2013 the farm has grown considerably and is producing regular and good quality lamb and beef and plenty of eggs from the hens for both the commercial and private sector. The caravan pitches for our'Caravan Club CL approved site' have exceeded all expectations with bookings throughout 2013. All that have visited the farm seem to have enjoyed their stay.
"One of the largest flocks of Hebridean sheep in the UK"