Rye Hill consists of small to medium sized fields and pastures, fringed with shelter belts of hedges dotted with mature oaks, giving shelter to the suckler herd – predominantly belted Galloways – from winter rain and summer sunshine.
Due to the size of the fields, the land is mostly laid to grass, with clover underlay. Throughout the year, depending on the prevailing weather conditions, natural springs pop up – often in unexpected places. The bluebell woodland, known as Spears Copse, has been proven to contain elements of ancient woodland and it, together with the adjacent field, are designated a “Site of Special Scientific Interest” (SSSI). We are very proud of the orchids we have growing in this area and the bluebells go from strength to strength each year as we continue to improve the management of the copse.