New Forest Fruits
Farmer: John Boyd & Sandy Booth
Address: Newhouse Farm, Church Lane, Brockenhurst, Hampshire, SO42 7WS
The New Forest Fruit Company was established in 2008 and is located in the New Forest National Park in Hampshire. The focus is on producing high quality fruits over a long season from March to December.
Located in the historical New Forest National park, Hampshire the company produces Strawberries, Blueberries and a new crop, Blue Honeysuckle. All this is done with care of the local environment with measures such as solar energy production and rainwater collection.
Crops for food
Strawberries are the main crop produced with different varieties coming from California, Italy, Holland, France and Spain. Blueberries are also grown to complement strawberry production, as well as the diversification of fruit with the introduction of Blue honeysuckle which is grown to make jams and chutneys. The location of the farm enables the crops to have a long growing season, from the beginning of March until the middle of December. Glasshouses are used for the first and last months of the growing season, whereas polytunnels are used for the main period. This crop protection provides better continuity of supply during inclement weather.
Ecological sustainability through Integrated Farm Management is at the core of New Forest Fruit with several methods implemented to minimise the effects of production on the environment. Strawberries are grown in a Coir substrate (the material that surrounds a coconut shell) which is renewable and ecologically sound. All rainwater is collected and reused on the site.
Wildlife and biodiversity are continually monitored on farm and measures are taken across the sites to enhance habitats. Wild bird populations are thriving in numbers and species richness around the farm.
We are very pleased to be a LEAF demonstration farm and welcome visitors by appointment through the LEAF website to see and question how a commercial fruit farm can balance the requirements of the market with long term environmental sustainability.
About LEAF Demonstration Farms
LEAF Demonstration Farms are commercial farms, which show the beneficial practices of Integrated Farm Management (IFM) to a broad range of audiences, through organised visits. They communicate an understanding of IFM in order to encourage uptake by farmers, support from the industry and political awareness of sustainable food and farming. For more information, visit archive.leafuk.org.
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