Having drawn up various plans and thrown numerous ideas around the real hard work began in October 1999 when we bought two hectares (five and a half acres) of farmland and embarked on the lifelong task of creating Guilden Gate.
Our vision is to create an integrated, sustainable smallholding. We see our role not as agricultural factory managers, overseeing a production line but as an integral part of a living smallholding.
To achieve this we have created a mixed mosaic of native hedging, wild flower meadows, coppice woodland, vegetable fields and fruit orchards that yield organic vegetables, herbs and fruit. The object is not to produce a huge yield of one crop but to create a rich, diverse and interconnected smallholding 'eco-system'.