Farming for the future at Lansallos Barton
Overlooking the bay at Lansallos, on the coast between Polperro and Polruan is the farm of Lansallos Barton. 110 hectares of mixed farmland gently rolling down to the coastal slopes and the bay.
The farm has been managed to organic standards for many years and has recently come back in-hand. The South East Cornwall ranger team are continuing to farm the land organically giving them even more opportunities to put into practice their plans to create more nature friendly habitats.
Local graziers run herds of cattle and flocks of sheep to complement the in-hand conservation grazing ponie, all moving around the holding as part of a three-year rotation. Nine fields have been seeded with herbal lays, with a wildflower mix including yellow rattle, trefoil and eye bright. Field margins have been sown with sunflowers, vetch and trefoil which are a good food source for wild birds.
The rangers have sown oats as part of the rotation for both grain and straw and hope to get the oats up to food-grade quality in due course. The herb rich meadows are cut for hay and then followed on by grazing, which adds to the holistic approach to land management.
The team are full of ideas for the future of the farm with plans to create more wildlife habitats, improve soil health and to create more wildlife corridors and heathland. Woodland creation schemes will weave through the land and the surrounding landscape, linking the farm more seamlessly into its environment.