Food & farming

We are committed to supporting sustainably produced, local and seasonal food because it is better for the special places we look after, better for the environment and tastes better too.

The 2013 overall winner was fallow deer venison from the Belton Estate © National Trust

The 2013 overall winner was fallow deer venison from the Belton Estate

Fine Farm Produce Awards

Each year we celebrate the very best products from our farms and estates with our Fine Farm Produce Awards.

In 2013, we awarded 42 products from 27 producers the right to use the coveted logo, which is respected and recognised by retailers and consumers for the next 12 months.

What's in season?

Local and seasonal food is something that we are very passionate about here at the National Trust. You'll find our month-by-month calendar to what's in season, with tips on growing your own.

Community growing

We're pleased to be involved in a national scheme to bring food producers and local communities together, through community supported agriculture.

Grass-fed beef

Research reveals that grass-fed beef is better for people and the environment. Feeding cattle on grass throughout their life-cycle is the most environmentally sustainable way to rear beef.

Comforting carrot cake

Comforting carrot cake, ideal with a cuppa

Comforting carrot cake, ideal with a cuppa

Winter has definitely been chilly so far, but spring is just around the corner. It you're keen to get your teeth into some carroty goodness, then why not have a go at baking our splendid carrot cake with lime topping. One of the many recipes that we have for you to make.

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    Our food policy emphasises quality, local, seasonal and sustainable ingredients.

  • Cook up a storm

    We've put together some of our favourite recipes and short step-by-step videos for some delicious...