About The Farm
Coopers Farm, Hadlow Down is located just off the A272, East Sussex. We are a working farm, and sell direct from the farm. The farm is unique because it practices traditional mixed rotational farming using historical breeds associated with the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The farm extends to 140 acres over 3 sites. The farm currently farms beef, pork, chicken, turkey, seasonal vegetables and eggs. We are proud that everything we sell is produced directly from our farm. We welcome customers to get reconnected to where your food comes from and the husbandry behind traditional farming.
The landscape of Coopers Farm shows that a number of original hedge lines and shaws which appear to have been grubbed up over the decades. Michael has been very committed to the long term protection and management of the farm as integral asset to the High Weald AONB. With this in mind Michael visited the Sussex Records Office in Lewes to conduct research into original field boundaries and names based on the 1841 tithe Map and schedule which demonstrates that Coopers Farm was originally 7 paddocks.
The original owner was a Mr Benjamin Hall of Curtains Hill (1248) but rented it to Mr William Howard who occupied the site with a historical farmstead. With this knowledge Coopers Farm has readopted the historical field patterns and field names of circa 1248. This includes 'Shaw in middle heath', 'Calves Croft', 'Hollow Field', 'Five Chimneys Field', 'Lodge Field', 'High Field', and 'Long Field'. The old tithe map also presents an old drovers trail avoiding the Toll gate that was historical at 'Civer's' or the old Lodge, hence Lodge Field.
Shaw in Middle Heath was a historical coppice mixed woodland, and the community came together and planted over 2000 samplings to recreate the woodland. The farm has also recreated two historical ponds on site.
About The Animals at Coopers Farm
We are proud to represent a traditional Wealden mixed farm, both producing high quality local food and conserving an important historical landscape.
History of FarmThe landscape of Coopers Farm shows that a number of original hedge lines and shaws which appear to have been grubbed up over the decades. Michael has been very committed to the long term protection and management of the farm as integral asset to the High Weald AONB. With this in mind Michael visited the Sussex … Continue reading "History of Farm"Read More »
Our ChickensThe Sussex chicken is a dual purpose breed of chicken that originated in England around the time of the Roman conquest of Britain in AD43. The Sussex was bred to be a dual purpose bird and is one of the most productive breeds of poultry. They lay large eggs that are cream to light brown in … Continue reading "Our Chickens"Read More »
Our PigsThe 'Gloucestershire Old Spot' pig is known for its docility, intelligence and prolificity. Boars reach a mature weight of 600 lb (272 kg) and sows 500 lb (227 kg). The pigs are white with clearly defined black spots. There must be at least one spot on the body to be accepted in the registry. The breed’s maternal skills enable … Continue reading "Our Pigs"Read More »
Our CowsCoopers Farm runs a pedigree Sussex herd. The herd is split into two groups A and B. The A group is our breeding herd and the B group is the beef fatteners or finishing beef.Sussex Cattle have evolved over many hundreds of years. It is believed that the Sussex Breed of today is descended directly from … Continue reading "Our Cows"Read More »