Meet the farmers looking after the Sherborne Park Estate

A traditional Cotswold landscape, Sherborne Park Estate has been farmed for generations. Six tenant farms make up the 4,000 acres of rolling farmland, parkland, woods and lakes. Thanks to the efforts of these farmers Sherborne is one of our best places in the south west to see rare farmland birds like corn bunting and skylarks.

Peter Summers at Stones Farm

Meet Peter Summers

Peter Summers has been farming at Sherborne Park Estate for more than 40 years. Under his stewardship, numbers of rare farmland birds have boomed at Stones Farm.

Sheep and lambs on the Sherborne Park Estate

Rob Jones, Sherborne Farm

Meet farmer Rob Jones. The dad-of-four hosted the Springwatch team at his farm in the heart of Sherborne Old Park. Rob has been farming on the Cotswolds estate for 25 years.

Mel & Jonty Brunyee at Conygree Farm

Mel Brunyee, Conygree Farm

Mel Brunyee, 44, manages Conygree Farm on the Sherborne Park Estate with husband Jonty, 47. The couple’s Cotswold sheep and Traditional Hereford cattle graze Conygree’s wildflower-rich limestone grassland and herb rich leys. The 75 hectare farm also provides habitat and feeding areas for a range of important farmland birds such as yellowhammer, barn owl and corn bunting.

Jolyon Limbrick at Home Farm

Meet Jolyon Limbrick

Father-of-one Jolyon Limbrick grew up on 'magical' Home Farm. The arable farmer is passionate about the Cotswolds and says he 'gets a kick' out of seeing wildlife on his farm.

Lodge Park, Gloucestershire

Dick Roper, Lodge Park

Dick Roper is estate manager for Broadfield Farms – farming thousands of acres west of Sherborne village. His sheep and cattle graze Lodge Park’s 400-year-old deer park, where courtiers would once have placed their bets on deer coursing.

Sherborne Park Estate in Gloucestershire

Nick Phillips, Woeful Lake Farm

Nick Phillips, 35, left home to study in Newcastle before returning to the family farm on the Sherborne Park Estate in the heart of the Cotswolds. The dad-of-two manages 750-acre Woeful Lake Farm.