White House Farm is located in the beautiful Upper Alde Valley.
It is also home to the annual Alde Valley Spring Festival [
www.aldevalleyspringfestival.co.uk ] and the Alde Valley Food
are a rolling programme of events that celebrate the importance
of food, farming and local knowledge in our rural landscapes
– also combining research projects in the UK and abroad
farm is part of an award winning partnership family farming
business called Great Glemham Farms. The latter has been working
in the Alde Valley for more almost 40 years, growing a range
of niche arable products in association with FS Watts &
Sons of Framlingham. Cereal crops include seed wheats, seed
malting barleys, vining peas, potatoes, oil seed rape, beans
and sugar beet.
White House Farm is managed using a set of Sustainability Criteria
developed by the Alde Valley Food Adventures. These follow a
philosophy of 'co-living', in which the farm house and farm
land are treated as a shared living space with local wildlife.
Economic productivity and ecological enrichment are pursued
as interwoven management themes.
The farm is part of a larger Higher Level Stewardship scheme
supervised by Natural England. Key projects include : restoration
of historic orchards ; restoration and enlargement of important
hedgerows ; creation of mini wetland areas ; restoration of
flood meadow dykes ; introduction of mixed grazing ; revival
of bird nesting box schemes ; planting of Wild Bird Seed areas
and Pollen and Nectar areas ; restoration of species-rich traditional
hay meadows ; and educational access.
Alongside these government supported projects the farm has also
trialled hand sown wildlflower headlands, butterfly mounds and
small nature walks for educational use. In working with a 'co-living'
principle, one aim is to test whether this philosophy is economically
effective, whilst bringing in local ecological, educational
and energy benefits. Early results suggest that it is.
White House Farm is part of the Great Glemham Farms partnership,
Holding Nos 38 / 129 / 0013 & 38 / 15 / 38. SBI 1065821891.
* Farm events are also twinned with Pesta Nukenen Bario in the
Kelabit Highlands of Sarawak, Heart of Borneo. Wildlife and
conservation projects at White House Farm are supported by Natural
England [ www.naturalengland.org.uk
] with additional advice kindly provided by the Suffolk Wildlife
Trust [ www.suffolkwildlifetrust.org.uk
]. Advice on other projects has been provided by ADAS [ www.adas.co.uk
] and the English Beef & Lamb Executive
* [Finalist 2008 Future of Farming Awards. Runner-Up 2009 FWAG
Kerr Cup Farm Conservation Competition. Suffolk Agricultural
Awards 2010 Special Award for Conservation.]