David and Sherry Douglas moved into South Brockwells during the very hot summer of 1976 with their young daughters Sarah and Chrissy. 43 years later, David, now in his 80th year, is retiring and the “girls”, together with Chrissy’s husband Arron, are forming a new family partnership.
“We have exciting plans for the future”, said Chrissy “with the return of our popular Lambing Live days and a new Bluebell Walk planned for the spring. South Brockwells is such a beautiful part of Sussex and we want to share it”. Located just south of Uckfield on the A26 the farm is even near a bus route which is rare for rural farms!
The Seasonal Farm Shop (continues to grow and) offers a large range of locally sourced Oven Ready Game and other seasonal produce. “We pride ourselves on offering quality, local produce” Sarah explained. “ We are currently taking orders for the fabulous Bridgers Farm turkeys, chosen for their award winning quality meat and welfare standards and raised locally in Hurstpierpoint”. The shop closes at the end of the game season for lambing time, then opens again for home grown, freshly cut asparagus in late April.
Arron said “to celebrate Great British Game Week we are holding our popular Game Tasting Days, on Friday 29th and Saturday 30th November. We will be cooking up a storm, tempting our regular and new customers with free tasting of delicious old favourites and some new ideas”. My youngest daughter Daisy loves to eat game and her favourite recipe is her Pheasant Long Johns (goujons!).
David will be keeping his hand in by working with Chrissy to look after the Farm’s latest edition’s, a small herd of Boer Goats. The goats, bred for meat, are a new venture which we are very excited about, David explained. Chrissy’s eldest daughter Lucy has inherited her grandfather’s shepherding skills and is currently training up her pet lambs for the Young Handler competition at the South Eastern Prime Stock Show later this month.
The equine side of the business has also seen expansion with the newly constructed Cross Country Course proving very popular. Arron built the course and explained “we plan to hold a few more equine events next year as we have had some excellent feedback. We will be holding our annual charity horse show again next summer, this year the event raised £1300 for Adrenal Cortisol Care charity.
“We hope our weekly blog and Social Media pages (coming very soon) will enable visitors to keep up with day to day farm life at South Brockwells, which is a rather magical, if not slightly crazy place” Sarah explained.
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