We are a family business that has been caring for and cultivating the land for many generations.
Essex is proudly part of the 'grain basket' area of the UK, where farming is predominately arable, although we do have a suckler herd (beef) and pedigree sheep on grassland areas. We adopt a multi year crop rotation that mixes Winter and Spring drilling to include crops such as wheat, barley, oil seed rape, beans and sugar beet.
Our feed wheat can be exported from Tilbury or Erith docks based in Essex to anywhere in the world, whilst our milling wheat can be sent to British millers for bread or biscuit making.
Where the land is lighter, we tend to grow malting or feed barley. Our malting barley can be used for beer or even whiskey.
Oilseed rape is harvested in the late summer and the crushed seeds release oil that is used in numerous foods aswell as bio-fuels.
Our sugarbeet is lifted out of the ground around Christmas and is sent to British Sugar's Bury St Edmunds factory in Suffolk to make sugar.
For decades, we have planted 'Cricket Bat' willow, as part of our woodlad management plan. Typically grown for 15-20 years in wet boggy areas by streams as willows love water, the trunks are cut down into sections and eventually made into cricket bats and used to make winning runs on cricket pitches around the world from Lord's to Melbourne Cricket Ground to Eden Gardens. Howzat!
For several generations, Saling Grove has been a much-loved family home. We have continued in devoting ourselves to the upkeep, repair and progression of the Estate including the development of The Orangery as an event venue for organising concerts and exhibitions; Golden Grove caravan park and the development of various accommodation across the Estate.
In 1791, Humphry Repton, the last great landscape designer of the Georgian period, laid out the gardens and parkland for subsequent generations to enjoy.