Whirlow Hall Farm is an Educational Trust which was set up in 1979 by Alan Aikin. Alan grew up in the inner city and was sent to a farm as an evacuee during the Second World War. He was so profoundly affected by his experience of farming and the countryside that years later he decided to set up a centre for all inner city children to come and experience the wonders of the countryside and develop their understanding of where their food comes from.
The farm today
Whirlow Hall Farm is a fully-functioning working farm spanning 138 acres with a variety of livestock (numbers vary from year to year) and growing spaces, including:
a flock of approx. 250 sheep that produce approx. 400 lambs a year.
a high welfare, intensive pig unit (plus some free range arcs) housing approx 20 breeding sows and 2 boars.
a mixed herd of beef cows including Aberdeen Angus, Shorthorns and Galloway.
a poultry unit with approx. 200 free range hens kept for egg laying.
seasonally reared free-range turkeys for sale at Christmas. (Trees are also sold.)
3 ponies and a livery arrangement providing space for 4 additional horses.
2 goats and a number of rabbits and guinea pigs kept as pets for educational purposes.
seasonal vegetables and soft fruit are all grown in the fields.
diverse horticultural areas including polytunnels and a vine yard.