Over the Farmers Hedge – Growing season 2014 at Trumpington Farm Company

Farming

The recent weather has been ideal for our type of crop production and we are around 3 weeks ahead of where we would expect to be at the time of year. The wheat is coming into ‘ear’ and looking luscious, the oil seed rape is setting seed and the sugar beet is growing at a tremendous rate. All the indications are that we could have a bumper harvest, however with oil seed rape harvest in mid-July and wheat at the beginning of August there is still plenty to keep our fingers crossed about.

Livestock

This year’s sheep are installed in Trumpington Fen. The flock of approx. 400 are staying until the end of October to graze the wetland area. We are considering other livestock options to prevent selective grazing.

Wildlife

The herons have enjoyed a successful breeding year with plenty of nests and fledging birds. A recent piece on the local evening news showed cygnets on the Cam at the bottom of Spring Lane meadow. At the Mill the nest of 5 cygnets hatched in mid-May, while on the Byron’s Pool side of the Mill a swan is still sitting.

Filming for the ‘Grantchester Mysteries’

The farm became part of the action during the filming of the Grantchester Mysteries. As the many local ‘extras’ will have seen at Cantelupe Farm, the large empty grain stores became stores for props, wardrobe and makeup and the tractor storage made way for cast and crew trailers and the catering truck. Two of the farm staff became part of the crew moving camera equipment onto Trumpington Fen for scenes on the River Cam and some of the period vehicles into Grantchester village.

We look forward to welcoming them all back for further filming at the end of June.

Events

The evening of our most recent neighbours farm walk on 16th May was yet again bright, sunny and warm as over 20 locals from Grantchester, Trumpington and Haslingfield toured the Estate with David Knott. There were plenty of questions and notes of thanks followed. We will organise another for the autumn.

The Saffron Walden Riding Club held their annual hunter trial event at Trumpington Hall in April and the Cambridgeshire Hunt branch of the Pony Club are going to be organising a monthly working rally for their (mainly children) members throughout the summer.

Finally, if you see anything unusual or think of any questions please do call the office or drop us a line at 01223 842797 or info@trumpingtonestate.com.

From the team at Trumpington Farm Company

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