A working estate

Ormesby Hall view of the parkland from the house with sheep grazing

To this day, Ormesby Hall is a working estate with crop farming and grazing animals.

Ormesby Grange Farm

The Farm’s history of careful management has led to it being a sustainable environment with a variety of different animals and crops growing in the fields. The farm is as busy and as exciting throughout the seasons of the year as it was over 200 years ago! 

The farm has a range of buildings, from the large cow shed to the tack room and straw shed. The straw is used for the animals bedding and they hay is their food. The straw and hay are made from the crops growing in the fields. The cow manure is also re-used on the farm.

When are we being fed?
Pigs at the farm
When are we being fed?

The tenant farmers

The Farm was originally built in the 18th century to supply Ormesby Hall with meat and dairy products until the last owner, Colonel James Pennyman, died in the 1960s. As the farmer paid rent to the Pennymans for the farm, he was called a tenant farmer.

The current tenant farmer, Richard Carter, is the third generation of the same family to live on the farm. The Carter family have lived and worked as tenant farmers since 1932. Herbert Carter was the first tenant and worked on the farm for Colonel James (Jim) Pennyman when he was alive and he saw the tenancy move to the National Trust when Jim died. Herbert's son John followed in his footsteps and John's son Richard has been the tenant farmer since 1991.

The tenant farmer is cutting the grass with his tractor.
The farmer's tractor working in the lower fields.
The tenant farmer is cutting the grass with his tractor.

Four seasons of farming

In Spring, the fields come to life with newborn lambs and crops are planted.

In summer, the harvest begins and the Combine Harvester is used to collect the grain.

In Autumn, the bales of hay are gathered and the fields are sown again.

In winter, the farmer focuses on the farms' annual maintenance.

Harvest time on the farm.
A bale of hay all wrapped up.
Harvest time on the farm.

Easy care sheep at Ormesby

Why are the sheep called easy care?

They don’t need shearing and so you will find their fluffy coats hanging off, because they rub themselves against the fences to get the fur off. Look for the sheep fur as you walk the grounds. We collect the sheep fur and use it in our wildlife habitats.

The sheep often graze in the field at the front of the hall, but for lambing season they are moved closer to the farm with the mothers taken inside. The sheep and their lambs help keep the grass under control for farmer Richard, so you will see them moving around the different fields on the estate carrying out their work.

Easy care sheep don't need shearing as they do it themselves.
The sheep fleece on the fence where the sheep have rubbed it off.
Easy care sheep don't need shearing as they do it themselves.