The Barn at Turville Heath

The Barn at Turville Heath Cafe is a popular oasis in the Chilterns for walkers and cyclists, and serves as an outlet for the produce of Turville Heath Farm. We currently keep pigs, cows, sheep and chickens, which provide the meat for our sausage patties, beef goulash, beef and lamb burgers, as well as free-range eggs. We use a selection of traditional breeds and continue to favour the traditional farming methods used by our family for generations. In addition to our farmed livestock, we harvest wild venison for use in our seasonally-available burgers and goulash, which helps to regulate deer numbers in the area while providing a sustainable source of meat.

 

We graze our herd of Dexter cattle on various nature reserves in the area as part of a conservation grazing initiative. The aim of conservation grazing is to restore biodiversity which has been lost through decades of intensive farming and poor grazing management. Grazing prevents scrub-encroachment and encourages a habitat that allows many different species of plants to grow side by side, which in turn promotes the biodiversity of the wildlife in the area. Our cows can currently be found at the National Trust property at Coombe Hill and the Woodland Trust's Penn Wood. Our flock of Hebridean and Jacob sheep often graze the common at Turville Heath in electric-fence paddocks to maintain the balance of grassland, scrub and tree cover.

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