Rushall Farm is a mixed organic farm situated in the heart of the beautiful Pang valley. It has cattle, sheep, and woodland, and grows a range of cereal crops. It is also home to the John Simonds Trust, an educational charity that works primarily with schools, promoting a love and understanding of farming and the countryside.
Farmer: Mr J.Bishop
Landowner: W.Cumber & Son (Theale) LTD.
Grid Reference: SU 589726
Size: 963 acres or 390 hectares (1 hectare = 100m x 100m) plus 165 acres of rented land on the Englefield estate in Berkshire.
Tenancy: John Bishop is the manager of Rushall Farm. Most of the land is owner occupied, but some is share farmed, and some tenanted.
Rushall Farm: On 1st July 2000, Rushall began farming organically. Rushall farm is Soil Association registered as organic. There is a flock of 1000 sheep that lamb in March and a beef suckler herd. A variety of cereal crops are grown and stubble turnips and field beans also feature in the rotation. The farm is in the HLS scheme and has engaged in a number of agri-environmental initiatives.
Education: The John Simonds Trust operates from Rushall Farm and plays host to over 12,000 school children annually. The students come to Rushall Farm to learn about farming, where they’re food comes from, the environment and sustainability issues. Some schools focus on habitat and river studies. Most schools visit for the day but Rushall Farm is also equipped for residential trips and a number of schools chose this option as do other organisations such as Scout groups.