Ousden Estate

Lidgate Hall Farm

Lidgate Hall Farm includes 1800 acres of arable, woodland and pasture land located 7 miles from Newmarket. The main enterprise being 1650 acres of Hanslope series clay arable land growing wheat, oilseed rape and sugar beet with 2 full time employees.

The farm is in both Entry Level (ELS) and Higher Level Stewardship (HLS) schemes. ELS has provided around 40 km of 6 m buffer strips around the fields protecting water courses and providing natural food and habitat for a number of species. HLS is more targeted to specific areas and aims. There are 12 acres of pollen and nectar mixtures planted, over 20 acres of wild bird seed plots to provide food for birds during January and February and an area sown with a wild flower mixture to protect archaeological features around a Norman castle site.

Ecodrill

6 metre Dale Ecodrill – planting Oilseed Rape

Mole ploughing

Mole ploughing


Over the past 5 years of being in the HLS scheme we have completed a number of pond restorations and hedge planting projects.


Church End Pond after de silting and scrub clearance.

cows at ditchley

Phaecilia, fodder radish and kale in HLS wild life areas.