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ROUNDOAK AUTUMN NEWSLETTER 2017

On the Farm...

On the Farming front we have been as busy as ever.   It has been a mixed summer weather wise -  at times quite wet when it mattered.  We are, however, once again set for Autumn and Winter with animal feed, having gathered the hay and sileage.

               

                

Stock is now sorted for the forthcoming year, with our Sussex and Highland herds.  The Ram is due to be introduced to the ewes in Nov/Dec for Spring Lambing.  Once again the cycle begins!     

                             

We have had a successful year selling our Highland Stock, using 'Preloved', for the first time!  Much of our stock has been purchased by people with small amounts of land, who just want to enjoy these magnificent beasts.  We have been able to obtain values well over an above that which we would expect for their meat.  Good news for the animals!!

'Kingsnorth Manor Farm' now 'KINGS OAK Farm'

Our sister Farm at Ulcombe, has been formerly known as Kingsnorth Manor Farm, however this has been misleading and lead to it being confused with 'Kingsnorth Manor'.   We are pleased to announce that it now has a permanent separate registered address, and will now be known as:     

Kings Oak Farm,

Crumps Lane,

Ulcombe

Kent

ME17 1EU

New arrivals this Autumn!

Roundoak has welcomed 6 New Guinea Fowl to the farm this Autumn, to compliment its existing brood of chickens and ducks.

Roundoak Holidays and Events ...

Things have developed dramatically on this front, and will continue to do so into next year.  As well as continuing to offer exclusive pitches to our Caravan Club members, our aim has been to develop our unique and beautiful setting to offer not only a further range of glamping and holiday options, but also to offer an exclusive venue for any event -  from informal entertaining, weddings and celebrations to more formal and corporate events.  In order to start to achieve this, 2017 has seen the introduction 'Redrock Glamping at Roundoak', the opening of our Yard Bar, the inception of 'Roundoak Wedding and Events' and has also seen Roundoak host to many events, including Norman's daughter Louise's wedding, 'The Beer Festival', and The Morris Dancers to name but a few.

These developments have meant that the number of visitors to the farm has increased yet again, and we are already working on plans to enhance our Sites at both Roundoak and Green Sand Farm in 2018!

Roundoak Weddings and Events

                 

          

'Roundoak Weddings and Events' was launched this Autumn, by Louise and Sophie, Norman's daughters. The idea developed quickly following the incredible success of a range of events over the last couple of years, not least of which was Louise's own wedding in June this year.

          

             

Roundoak's first ever Beer Festival held this year was also a huge success, and is set to become an annual tradition!

These and other events hosted at Roundoak over the last couple of years have generated so many enquires that we have recognised Roundoak's tranquil, unique and stunning location as an potential not only as a holiday location, but also as an exclusive venue for any event from informal entertaining, weddings and celebrations to more formal and corporate events.

We have already taken bookings for weddings and events next year, and are looking forward to hosting our first ever Winter Fair later this year (details below).

For further information please click on the logo below.

or call us on 01622 844491

or email us at

roundoakweddingsandevents@gmail.com

Redrock Glamping at Roundoak

'Redrock Glamping at Roundoak' was launched this Spring, and has been a phenomenal success.   Glamping at Roundoak consists of staying in one of our 5 metre bell tents, set on the Farm against a back drop of Kentish Countryside,  and surrounded by the rare breeds kept at the Farm.  The tents are fitted out to the highest standard and in the words of Manager's Pete and Karen.

' .... allow you the space to reconnect with nature, a loved one, the 'real' textures of life or just your thoughts!'

We have been fully booked throughout the summer weekends and have already invested in three additional tents to accommodate larger groups and additional bookings.  The reviews are testament to their sucess:

"Five stars all round! Just perfect."

Simon Clark - Calico 5th July, 2017​

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"Fantastic long weekend, stunning location and very chilled. Bell tents are lovely and very well stocked with everything you need. Very comfortable and cosy (and no airbeds!!!). Sitting around the fire pit at night, looking at the stars - brilliant! Peter, Karen & Norman - very hospitable and very friendly. We both didn't want to leave."

Sharon, Ben & Hutch the dog - Every 15th July 201​

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"We wanted a peaceful stay in the countryside and we got exactly that. It was great sitting by the fire on the porch at night enjoying a BBQ. Everything was provided for us and we couldn't ask for more. The surrounding area is lovely and well worth a trip out to enjoy on one the pubs. We took our dog and he had no shortage of spaces to curl up and sleep in the comfy tent. We enjoyed the beer festival on the first night. A perfect place to relax and get away. Peter & Karen were great, making sure we had everything we needed, bringing us more wood for our campfire."

Kevin & Amanda - Drake 17th July 2017

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For further information about Redrock Glamping at Roundoak, please click on the logo below or contact us by email at redrockglamping@gmail.com or by phone on 07834 365556.

https://www.redrockglamping.co.uk

The Yard Bar!

          

It is intended that the Yard Bar will become a Pop-Up Bar at various times of the year, to complement events held at Roundoak and to enable visitors to bring their own drinks and cook their own food on our Fire-pit.  All material used to create this area has been sourced from the Farm and in keeping with its rustic surroundings. This offer will be exclusive to 'Friends of Roundoak' so if we don't have your e-mail address, please let us know!

Upcoming Events!

As well as attracting many holiday makers throughout the summer and warmer months, the classic beauty of Roundoak and its rare breeds extends into the Winter months.

          

Against this backdrop, Roundoak is set to host its first ever ' Winter Fair' on Sunday 10th December from 3.30pm to 7.30pm.

          

Think mince pies and mulled wine around the fire pit at our Yard Bar, whilst enjoying the entertainment of the Morris Dancers and Christmas Choir, combined with a chance to browse a number of craft and gift stalls.

This is a ticket ONLY event so if you are interested in attending, please either visit www.roundoakevents.co.uk or call 01622 844491.

Winter Produce at Roundoak

If you are interested in stocking up your freezer for Winter, the farm continues to expand the sale of meat from the Highland and Sussex cattle, lamb from the Hebridean sheep and also pork including sausages and bacon from the pigs.

Visitors to the farm are welcome by prior appointment please contact Norman or Ruth on 01622 844491.

ROUNDOAK NEWSLETTER spring/summer 2017

SUSSEX AND HIGHLAND CALVES

SUSSEX CALVES 

With the introduction last year of a herd of pedigree Sussex cattle, the first of the new calves, sired by the Captain, arrived in May of this year.  Eleven have been born so far and we are awaiting a few more.


          

HIGHLAND CALVES

Our homegrown Highlanders calved in the Spring of this year, to continue the growth of our already well established stock.



        

        

OPRHANED HIGHLAND CALF FINDS NEW SUSSEX MUM AND IS ADOPTED!

This Highland calf's mother rejected him and we were really pleased that the passive nature of the Sussex allowed the calf to suckle alongside her own calf. 

LOU and MIKE's WEDDING!


 

On June 2nd of this year, Roundoak hosted the wedding of Norman's daughter Lou to Mike.  The day was such a success and led to the Farm announcing the launch of its exclusive wooded Roundoak Wedding and Events venue.  

Set in the heart of the Kentish Countryside, Roundoak with its rare breeds and acres of unspoilt woodland and fields provides a unique and rustic yet sophisticated venue for any celebration from weddings, birthdays and anniversaries to more formal functions including corporate events and entertaining.

Roundoak is also able to provide accommodation for guests at events either on the caravan and camping site or in our new luxury glamping tents.


For further information about Roundoak Weddings and Events, please visit www.roundoakevents.co.uk; or contact us by email at roundoakweddingsandevents@gmail.com or by phone on  01622 844491 or 07725 966617.























GLAMPING





As well as Roundoak Weddings and Events, in 2017 we teamed up with Redrock Living, and have the first of three luxury glamping tents available.  Roundoak is now host to three 5 metre bell tents, which fitted out to the highest standard with everything you will need for complete escape from the everyday rat race and will allow you the space to reconnect with nature, a loved one, the 'real' textures of life or just your thoughts.

This was launched in July of this year and already reservations have been received throughout the summer.   




         





For further information please click on the logo below or contact us by email at redrockglamping@gmail.com or by phone at 07834365556.

MEAT AND PRODUCE

Roundoak continues to supply its high quality meat and produce to both individuals and restaurants.   This year we are proud to add to our list of establishments that we supply:


The Curious Eatery - Fabulous feasts for all the family!

The Curious Eatery (at The Albion Inn)

1 Church Street Boughton Monchelsea Maidstone ME17 4HW

01622 299359
 
feast@thecuriouseatery.co.uk


The characteristics of the Highland and Sussex cattle are very similar to that of the Hebridean sheep, they are slow growing animals producing lean meat with little or no fat and low in cholesterol, an important health factor in this day and age! It is well know that slow growing plants and animals are healthier so taste better!!



For any enquires regarding any of our produce, please contact the Farm on either 01622 844491 or by email to  info@roundoak-hebridean.co.uk

UPCOMING EVENTS

Saturday 15th July from 3pm to 8pm

STRICTLY FAMILY FUN!!

This weekend Roundoak Farm is hosting its very own Beer Festival in aid of Leeds and Broomfield Churches. 
COME EAT, DRINK, RELAX, LISTEN TO LIVE MUSIC AND ENJOY THE COMPANY OF FAMILY AND FRIENDS IN OUR WOODLAND SURROUNDED BY ACRES OF UNSPOILT COUNTRYSIDE, OUR RARE-BREEDS AND WILDLIFE!
Tickets:  £10.00 (under 12's go free)
inc. one drink and hot food. 
*PLEASE NOTE TICKETS MUST BE PURCHASED IN ADVANCE*


For tickets sales please call 01622 861280 or visit www.roundoakhebridean.co.uk for further information about the venue.


Roundoak newsletter spring 2017

As always the arrival of Spring hales some of the busiest months of the year for us on the Farm.  Whilst the hardier rare breeds require virtually no assistance with this, the more commercial breeds demand regular care and attention in order to ensure the safe arrival of their lambs.
With the arrival of Spring, our first Suffolk-mule lamb was born and we are expecting the remainder in the next few weeks.  Our pure breed Hebrideans, North Ronaldsays and Borerays have also started to lamb.
    
We also have some Hebrideans crossed with a Beltex ram...
    
The results are interesting ...
    
Both the Highland and Sussex cattle are due to start calving in mid Spring and throughout the summer.
    
New Arrival!
Joining Millie and Scruff, we have acquired a new trainee Cocker Spaniel pup, forming another breed line, her name is Tizz and she is fifteen months old.  We hope to breed from her in the near future with Millie's brother who still lives in the village. 
The Queen's Duke arrives at Roundoak from Balmoral!
    
Norman and Ruth, the owners of Roundoak have been visiting Braemar - near Ballater in Scotland, for over 20 years, where they had the good fortune to meet Dochy Ormiston, who is in charge of the Queens Highland cattle at Balmoral Castle.  After a few visits to The Balmoral Estate, The Farm expressed an interest in acquiring stock.  As a result, last week, Norman and Ruth drove the some 600 miles with a trailer to meet Dochy, and bring ‘The Duke’ - a pedigree Highland bull, back to Roundoak Farm at Sutton Valence in Kent.
 
‘The Duke’ will be introduced to our Highland stock in the Spring of 2017 to further increase The Farm’s number of these wonderful beasts, which can be seen all over the County in relation to our Conservation Grazing Programme.
Roundoak has supplied its Highland heifers to the Kent Wildlife Trust as part of its Conservation Grazing Programme.
The Kent Wildlife Trust has acquired ten of Roundoak's Highland Heifers to use as part of their conservation grazing scheme, by using the animals to maintain important meadows and grasslands at various Kent Wildlife Trust sites throughout Kent. This will help to bring neglected and overgrown land back to serviceable management.  

Roundoak is working to supply stock to other wildlife trusts across the country.  Roundoak are always looking for new grazing projects whether these be for Conservation Groups or individuals with a few acres that need to be kept under control.
Wedding Bells!!
As always we look forward to the busy year ahead.  This year will be particularly busy with Norman’s daughter Lou to marry Mike in June.  The ceremony will take place at Broomfield Church, and the reception will be held at here at the farm.  It should be a wonderful day, and we hope the weather will be kind!

The Farm can host a variety of functions, and has been host in the past to wedding receptions, corporate events, summer parties and children's parties.
Kingsnorth Manor Farm campsite.

This year we have opened another campsite at Roundoak's sister farm at Ulcombe.  This beautiful site has a number pitches available for both camping and caravaners, and we hope to develop the facilities at this site as the year progresses.


    


Please do not forget that Roundoak also supply and sell meat direct form the farm including beef, pork and lamb.

Visitors to the farm by arrangement are always welcome - why not pop in and see the lambs and calves!

Anyone interested in finding out more about any of the items in this newsletter - conservation grazing, camping, events or any other aspect of life at Roundoak, please contact Norman (07811 209 409) and Ruth (07969 009509) or the Farm Office (01622 850 471).

The QueEN's Highland Bull arrives in Kent!

      

Due to the unique relationship that has been forged between Roundoak Farm in Kent and the Queen’s Estate at Balmoral in Scotland, Roundoak are pleased to announce the arrival of a pedigree Highland bull – ‘The Duke’ - to the farm based in Kent. 

Norman and Ruth, the owners of Roundoak have been visiting Braemar - near Ballater in Scotland, for over 20 years, where they had the good fortune to meet Dochy Ormiston, who is in charge of the Queens Highland cattle at Balmoral Castle. After a few visits to The Balmoral Estate, The Farm expressed an interest in acquiring stock. As a result, last week, Norman and Ruth drove the some 600 miles with a trailer to meet Dochy, and bring ‘The Duke’ back to Roundoak Farm at Sutton Valence in Kent.

Roundoak is a unique concept set in the heart of the Kentish countryside, with 120 Highland cows and calves and in excess of 700 rare breed sheep including Hebrideans, North Ronaldsays and Borerays. The Farm also has some more commercial stock including a herd of Sussex cattle and some 100 Sussex Mule sheep.

‘The Duke’ will be introduced to our Highland stock in the Spring of 2017 to further increase The Farm’s number of these wonderful beasts, which can be seen all over the County in relation to our Conservation Grazing Programme in partnership with Kent Wildlife Trust, Kent County Council and Medway Valley Countryside Partnership, to name but a few.

The Farm produces a range of high quality meat for sale supplying individuals, local restaurants and butchers; and also sells stock commercially for breeding.

The unique set up at Roundoak receives a great deal of interest, and we encourage visitors on Open days, or by appointment throughout the year to allow others to explore and experience these rare breeds too.

For more information please go to www.roundoak-hebridean.co.uk or call 01622 844491. Those interested can also subscribe to receive our quarterly newsletter, and also follow us at Roundoak on Facebook.

Roundoak Newsletter Winter 2016

After one of the busiest Summers ever, with record numbers of visitors to the Farm, the nights are finally drawing in, and we are turning our attention to bedding the animals down for the Winter.  The hardier rare sheep breeds do winter out, however dependant on the ground conditions the cattle are generally brought in.  Roundaok sits on heavy clay, and it is imperative at this time of year to preserve the grass land to ensure fodder for the forth coming year at hay making time.

A LOOK BACk AT 2016!

The weather has played an important part of 2016, the beginning of the year the season leading up to haymaking was very wet, but this part of the south east missed a lot of the wet weather suffered buy other parts of the country. This is the latest in the Farm's history that the cattle have been left out grazing until nearly the mid part of November. There was a period when there was no rain in this area for over two months and grazing was critical and supplement feeding had to be introduced.

Conservation grazing

Roundoak continues grow and strengthen its relationships in this area with partners such as the Kent Wildlife Trust, Kent County Council, Medway Valley Conservation Trust - to name but a few. We were however, very sad in 2016 to be forced to withdraw grazing from Loose Valley, this was due to several dog attacks on the sheep, which we could not tolerate any longer.

On a happier note we were delighted that the Farm's continued growth in its relationship with Ashford Borough Council has resulted in further grazing at Singleton on a parcel of overgrow land next to the school. This area of land requires specialist grazing, and the Highland cattle of Roundoak are ideal for this purpose. We would like to thank Terry Jones for his support and hope that this relationship will continue to grow.

We also continue to graze for several private land owners at Court Lodge in East Farleigh, and also at East Malling, and we again supplied Lafarge (formally Blue Circle) with Hebridean Sheep for conservation grazing on their at Halling near Snodland.

We are pleased to announce that there are also further grazing projects being planned for 2017, and would like to thank all our private land owners and local partners for their support. We are always looking for new grazing projects. 

new arrivals in 2016!

Regular readers of our Newsletters will have seen the arrival of several newcomers during 2016 to the Farm - both animals and people!

As well as our human friends Nathan, and Laura, we have also been joined by several new animals. In 2016 we acquired a flock of Suffolk-Mules to the Farm, to introduce a more commercial aspect of the Farm, and to work alongside our rare-breed and conservation programmes.

On the cattle front, 'The Captain', our prize Sussex Bull arrived to accompany our herd of Sussex cattle.

On the sheep front - we have acquired a Suffolk Ram called Billy, and also Beltex Ram that is to be crossed with our existing Hebrideans. We will watch with interest the result!

                    

Sasha, the new trainee has also settled in well. She is loved by all at the farm and its visitors, and has terrific character.

Sad news from Roundoak

 It is with great sadness this week, that we said goodbye to Jenny, our Farm's original Cocker Spaniel, who died of old age. She will be very greatly missed by us all.

Events and Visitors in 2016!

Roundoak has welcomed many visitors with an interest in the Farm's activities through its gates this year. In October, Roundoak was particularly excited to open its gates to 30 pupils and their teachers from Marden Primary School. With the help of a perfect summer's day, the children spent the day interacting with and learning about all aspects of farm life, from the animals and their welfare, to the vehicles and their use, and generally increasing their understanding and appreciation of the great outdoors!

Roundoak is able to offer farm visits to children, students and individual parties of all ages, and trips can be tailored to suit the needs of the visiting party. (Please note however that Roundoak is a serious operation and not a 'play farm', and welcomes all groups and individuals who have a genuine interest in the Farms activities, especially with regards to the Farm's involvement in Conservation Grazing, and with regards to the Farm's Rare Breeds. Anyone interested in finding out more about our trips can contact the farm office on 01622 844491, and are welcome to arrange a visit to the Farm.

what next in 2017

The Roundoak website and Facebook page continue to grow and we very much hope that all of our visitors and friends of Roundoak enjoy our brief newsletters, which we will continue through 2017. All the events of 2016 and previous years are well documented on these, and are hopefully of interest to our friends. There are some interesting stories - including the visit to the farm by the Cinque Port Morris Men, when our Highlanders were used in an advertising campaign, and that a few years ago our sheep were featured in the Ewan McGregor film Jack and he Giant Killer! 

We look forward to seeing the results of diversifying our animals, and also of our plans to further develop our sister farm at Ulcombe. 

Roundoak is definitely planning to host an open day in 2017 - we are unsure as to whether or not this will be associated with Open Farm Sunday or independent, but will let you know the details in due course. We will of course keep our friends updated with regards to all this, and any planned events in 2017 via our website, facebook and newsletters.

The farm is always open to guests wishing to see the cattle and sheep - via prior appointment. With the lead up to Christmas and the New Year, please see that the Farm does have its own produce of beef, pork and lamb available. 

Who knows what else 2017 will bring! 

norman and ruth and all the staff at the farm would like to take this opportunity of wishing everybody a very happy christmas and a prosperous new year!

ROUNDOAK AUTUMN NEWSLETTER 2016

There have been several new arrivals at Roundoak this summer!

'The Captain' arrives at Roundoak!


As a result of the expansion of Roundoak's Sussex cattle, they have acquired the help of 'The Captain', a two year old pedigree bull bought from the well known Mayfield herd in Sussex.  The bull was collected from the Oxted and
Edenbridge show, where he obtained a first prize and was Reserve Overall Breed Champion!

Roundoak are also well known for their two herds of Highland cattle, which are seen all around the county conservation grazing.

Sasha!


Sasha, a ten week old Border Collie has also joined the team.  She will be trained under the masterful eye of Finn the farm's eight year old Border Collie.  The puppy has settled in well and is adored by everyone she meets!

Finn!


A Busy Summer at Roundoak!

It has been a very busy summer at Roundoak with record numbers of visitors to the farm.  The farm is now set for autumn and winter with the hay and silage having been gathered.  The only thing that the farm desperately needs is rain for grass growth during the winter.  Roundoak's sister farm at Ulcombe continues to grow, and is now connected with three phase power and water.  The farm has also had some caravan hook up points installed and we hope to open a new caravan site there in spring of 2017.

             

Conservation Grazing

It has been an incredibly successful year with our partners and the conservation grazing continues to grow.  Roundoak with its Highland cattle and Hebridean sheep continue to work with the Kent Wildlife Trust, Medway Valley Countryside Partnership, Kent County Council and Ashford Borough Council to name but a few.  We also graze for semiprivate land owners around the county.  It is hoped that the new herd of Sussex cattle will assist and continue to grow this project.


Roundoak Produce

The farm continues to expand the sale of meat from the Highland and Sussex cattle, lamb from the Hebridean sheep and also pork including sausages and bacon from the pigs.


Visitors to the farm are welcome by prior appointment please contact Norman or Ruth on 01622 844491.

A busy time on the farm!

It has been a really busy month, and there have been considerable changes on the Farm.  We have  also welcomed two new members of staff!

Roundoak would like to welcome Nathan McKenzie to the team.   Nathan joins us from County Tyrone in Northern Ireland.  Nathan has been brought up in a farming background and has extensive experience in all areas of farming life, livestock and machinery.

We also welcome Laura Fleming, who will be working part-time in the farm office as PA to Norman Coles.  Laura originally worked as a Social Worker but has joined the team, and works around looking after her three small children! 

There have been several events at the Farm this month.

Roundoak was delighted to welcome our conservation grazing partners to lunch under the trees. The weather was unusually kind and we were able to enjoy lunch in the dappled sunlight of our unique five acre woodland area!

   

We were very excited to hold our first ever Clay Pigeon shoot at our sister farm Kingsnorth - even one year old Jack enjoyed the event.

                   

 Upcoming Events:
Roundoak is also delighted to welcome The Loose Women Morris Dancers who will be performing alongside guests - The Cinque Port Morris Men and The Screaming Banshees.  
Dancing will start at 8:00pm on the 14th July outside the barn at the Farm. 
Everyone welcome!
(Please do let us know in advance if you are planning to come.)

Spring comes to roundoak

Spring has finally arrived at Roundoak Farm after a very wet miserable winter, and thanks to the April winds and the May sunshine the ground is finally drying out.  Lambing is now all but over with a good success rate for all breeds – the Hebrideans, the North Ronaldsays and Borerays. 

Spring Conservation Grazing

Once again Roundoak, and its some 140 highland cattle and 500 Hebridean sheep, are engaged in conservation grazing throughout the County for Kent Wildlife Trust Medway Valley and Conservation Trust Loose Valley Amenity Trust to name but a few.  The animals’ conservation qualities are of immense importance to the ecology of certain sites looked after by these conservation organisations.  Most of the animals are now leaving their winter home at Roundoak at Sutton Valence and our sister farm at Kingsnorth Manor at Ulcombe for these various projects.

New Grazing At Barming

Roundoak have been engaged to graze the Medway river bank from Barming to Teston for a private land owner and also Teston Parish Council.  It is proposed that part will be grazed by Highlands and the remainder by Sussex. 

First SusseX Calf at roundoak

Roundoak are pleased to welcome their first Sussex heffer into the world.  The calf is one of a number expected in the next few weeks, and compliments the existing herd of some 25 cows introduced to the farm last year. 

Happy Birthday Jack!

Jack Payne was also welcomed into the world a year ago, and will be celebrating his 1st birthday on 20th June.  Jack is a new generation to the family and is already showing great interest in the animals and the machines!

Events:

Roundoak is also delighted to welcome The Cinque Port Morris Men to dance outside the barn at the farm on 14th July at 7:30pm.

Roundoak Family Fun Day was a big success

We are so pleased with the outcome of our Family Fun Day that was held on 30 March 2016 to show the public a little about Roundoak.  We had baby lambs that the children could pet.  Newly born calves, pigs and chickens that roamed the farm yard. Ruth as also did a brilliant job supplying refreshments as well as Roundoak Sausages.  

We were a little worried that the weather would not be great after storm Katie but what a lovely sunny day to show of the beauty of the farm. 

   

   

   

   

Busy easter at Roundoak

Easter weekend proved a busy time at Roundoak farm, which is home to to some 130 Highland Cows and over 500 Hebridean sheep.  Four calves were born and lambing is gettingunderway wih the first lambs being born.

    

  

    

Roundoak and the coles group have a day at the races!

Roundoak together with the Coles Group attended Charing Point to Point onm Easter Saturday.  Although the weather was a little disappointing a good time was had by all guests and staff.  Ruth prepared a superb buffet lunch with Roundoak lamb curry and roundoak Highland beef lasagne.  Despite not winning on the horses the food was a definite winner!

   

   

   

roundoak supply rare breed boreray, north ronaldsay sheep and highland cows to Cholderton Charlie's Farm

Roundoak with its largest flock of Hebridean sheep, rare breed Borerays and North Ronaldsay sheep were approched by Cholderton Charlie's Farm in Wiltshire to supply them with a North Ronaldsay ram and a Boreray ewe to add to their own collection of rare breeds.  The animals were delivered to the farm several weeks ago.  As a result of the dialog during the visit, Roundoak were asked by Cholderton Charlie's Farm if it would be possible to have several Highland calves especially for visitors to see over the Easter weekend.  The calves were delivered on the Wednesday before Easter and have proved to be very popular with visitors.  The calves are on loan from Roundoak and likely to stay on the farm throughout the Summer.  It is hoped that the relationship between Roundoak and Cholderton Charlie's Farm will continue in the future.

         

         

Rare breed animals visit marden primary school

It was a very special day for the younger pupils of Marden Primary School, when rare breed animals from Roundaok farm visted the school.  The pupils were introduced to some of the animals such as Gloucester old spot piglets, sheep including rare breed Hebrideans and North Ronaldsays.  There were also som e three-week-old chicks that were hatched at the farm.

The farms working Cocker Spaniels Millie, Sally and Scruff also attended and were a huge hit with the pupils.

This outing for the animals was a first for the farm which specialises in rare breeds.  Many of the farms animals are a familiar sight around Maidstone and the Mid Kent area as they are used on many conservation grazing projects.

The farm used its John Deere tractor and Land Rovers to pull trailers which were set up in the school playground.  Children were brought out in groups to look at the animals, feed them and ask questions.  They all very much enjoyed sitting in the tractor.

The farms owner Norman Coles was there assisted by Tom Wilson and Richard Wise who work at the farm which is based in Sutton Valence.  The farm is home to some 120 Highland cows and over 550 Hebridean Sheep, as well as Boreray and North Ronaldsay Sheep.  The farm also has a gloucester old spot pig and piglet.

This workshop and road trip to Marden Primary School was a first for the farm and proved a great success, both for the school and Roundoak farm in promoting farming awareness amongst the youngsters and spotlighting the rare breeds and where our food comes from.

There are further school visits planned in the New Year.  As popular as this visit has proved it also alleviates some of the stringent health and safety issues that face schools these days when planning school trips.

   

Braemar Highland games

Norman and Ruth have once again returned to scotland this September and were invited as guest to the braemar highland games.  They spent the week and visitied Dochy Ormiston who is the head stockman at Balmoral Castle.  Norman and Ruth were shown the many Bulls, cows and calves bred at the castle.  It was a wonderful day out and the Queen and her family were in residents as during the week she was opening the new border Railway.

FinN joins the roundoak team

Finn an 8-year-old Border collie has joined the Roundoak team.  Fin is a working dog who's previous owners were looking for a new home for him.  Roundoak farm with its variety of rare breed sheep were looking for an experienced dog.  Fin has an excellent breed line and comes from working stock.  He is a very needed asset to the farm which has grown over the last few years.  Visitors to Roundoak will see Fin who is a very friendly dog and now a familiar site around the yard.

Henry coles does abstract art at roundoak

Henry Coles the great nephew of Norman Coles spent two weeks in August 2015 on Holiday from Germany at Roundoak Farm.  Whilst Henry helped with general duties he also spent sometime doing some abstract art.  His vision and concept had not been seen before and you can see some of his interesting drawings below.  Henry has now returned to Germany where he lives and is due to commence a new career in Carpentry.  All at Roundoak wish him well, and we hope that he will find time to continue with his art.

   

   

Roundoak welcomes baby jack, the lastest addition to Roundoak

Norman and Ruth are pleased to welcome baby Jack into the family.  On the 20th June 2015 Norman's youngest daughter Sophie gave birth to the gorgeous bundle of joy and Norman is already preparing him for farm life.

roundoak welcomes tom wilson

Due to the continued expansion of Roundoak's activities especially with regard to conservation grazing we have had to take on extra staff and the farm has welcomed Tom Wilson.  Tom has a broad experience in the farming world and has many contacts.  He has had a variety of jobs since leaving University.  He has also been involved in both Arable and Livestock farming.  He has also spent time with FGS based at Pluckley.

Hay making

Winter feed all in.  Last week, one of the hottest weeks allowed Roundoak and her sister farm time to complete the grass harvest.

Sussex Cows arrive at Roundoak

 

 

Roundoak farm based at Sutton Valence is one of Maidstones best kept secrets.  The farm is home to one of the largest flocks of Hebredean Sheep in the UK numbering over 500 and some 90 plus Highland Cows. These unique animals are used in conjunction with conservation grazing around central Kent for such groups as Kent Wildlife Trust, Loose Valley amenities association, Medway Valley Countryside Partnership, Teston Parish Council, Kent County Council to name but a few, In locations such as Teston Country park, Hothfield Common and Bidbury wood Canterbury.

 A small heard of 18 Sussex cattle have been acquired to compliment the stock. It is commonly agreed that Sussex cattle are one of our oldest breeds, having inhabited the Weald of Sussex and Kent from time immemorial. The Sussex has many of the characteristics of the other rare breeds at Roundoak, maternal breed traits of calving, milkiness, temperament and the ability to thrive on a low input/extensive system of management.

The heard will be used in the farms conservation grazing programme.

Roundoak welcomes visitors by prior appointment and supply’s local butchers and the public with its own Beef, Lamb and pork.

The farm can be contacted on 01622 844491.

roundoak featured in caravan club magazine

roundoak highland featured in aberdeen asset management advert after photo shoot at the farm

roundoak hebridean sheep graze hothfield heathland for kent wildlife trust

   

   

WATCHLIST 2015