Farming is our Passion
We love farming the land at Briddlesford Lodge Farm. We have a herd of Guernsey cows that are all descended from the fifteen cows that Charles Griffin brought across the downs to Briddlesford in 1923. The farm is now managed by Charles Griffin's great grandson Paul Griffin.
Our herd of 140 Guernsey cows has won lots of awards including the English Guernsey Cattle Society award for the best performing Guernsey herd in the country (based on total yield of fat and protein per year).
You can watch our laid-back Guernsey cows strolling in for milking one lazy Sunday afternoon here:
If you want to eat your food according to the seasons, visit our farm shop. Seasonal food is always available, and we source the best fruit and vegetables from across the Island.
Our farm is a busy place. We milk our cows twice a day, and produce around 900,000 litres of milk annually. Everything that we do on the farm follows the rhythm of the seasons. In the summer we are out in the fields making hay and silage.
Conservation of the Countryside
We take our responsibility to look after the countryside very seriously. Our farm is spread over roughly 220 acres of pasture and arable land and 60 acres of woodland and we actively care for it all.
The woodland attached to the farm is spread across three different copses. The farm was awarded a Woodland Improvement grant which enables a woodsman to manage the woods. Paul Horne and his son, Danny, have cared for the woods for over 10 years and have recently won a conservation award by the National Farmers’ Union for the work done.
There is evidence that one of the woods called Fattingpark Copse is ancient woodland, and non-native trees like sycamore have been cleared. Red squirrels live in this copse, the Isle of Wight being among the last habitats of the red squirrel in the U.K. 150 different species of plant have been recorded, and many different kinds of butterfly are attracted by the flowers. The old rotting trees are left and are an ideal habitat for insects and fungi.
Other members of the family still work on the farm. Charles Griffin's great great grandson Christy has just started an apprenticeship on the farm, and Charles Griffin's grandson Richard still cares for the calves and does all the paperwork.