22 - 30 Sep 2018
Open Sunday 29 September only
2.00 - 4.30
Just turn up
Tracy and James bought land in 1998 to pursue their dreams of holistic farming with their growing family. Since then they have observed and developed the land into the beautiful farm it is today, working in harmony with nature.
In 2008 they built their home designed to be heated passively from the sun. The South-facing side of the house has large double-glazed windows with argon Gas filling. The curved roof forms an overhang, so that when the Sun is high in summer, the windows are shaded and the house remains cool; when the Sun is lower in winter it heats up the house, including the stone floor which stores the heat overnight. Along with high standards of insulation the house only needs a single wood-burning stove to heat it, and this is only lit on sustained periods of cold or cloudy weather. The roof is covered with sedum and alpines grown from cuttings on the farm.
The barn opposite has solar photovoltaic panels and solar thermal tubes. All the barns have water collection barrels on them feeding most the farms needs.
The farm has a forest garden/food forest, aquaponics and a 5 acre fuel wood. See for details. You can we also hire holiday shepherds' huts here. These are off grid with their own solar panels (a mini eco home!)
How to find Dorset Forest Garden (PDF, 247kB)