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Laying a new hedge

A few weeks ago, we started laying a new hedge. The art of hedgelaying is the process whereby a line of shrubs are pleached (partially cut) close to ground level and are leaned over in one direction, without breaking the stems. The goal is to make a hedge which will...

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

We'd like to wish all of our customers and visitors a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year with best wishes for 2021! 2020 was a difficult year for many but we would like to thank all of you for your continued support and business. Adapting to Covid December went by...

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Coronavirus update

Following yesterday's announcements we have compiled the following statement in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and new government guidelines issued: We are situated in Central Bedfordshire which is now classified as Tier 4. The new regulations allow for essential...

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Farming through Covid-19

Farming through Covid-19

Here at Watergate, business remains as usual on the farm, through the pandemic. We hope you are all well, and we missed all of our Spring visitors who would have normally come onto the farm. Crops A large part of farming life is dictated to us by the weather. We had...

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Spring has sprung!

Spring has sprung!

We are very sad that we are not able to open the farm this Spring for our lambing open days due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We love showing the public our farm each year, and answering all of your questions about what we do! However, it is important that we all follow...

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Looking forward to Spring

This winter has been a long one for us here at Watergate Farm. Since September, we have seen record amounts of rainfall and many of our fields have been waterlogged. This has caused issues for us as we haven't been able to drive on some of our fields since October,...

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Turkeys arrive at the farm!

Turkeys arrive at the farm!

On Friday, we welcomed our first white turkeys onto the farm, at just 4 weeks old. At this age, it is very important that they do not feel stressed, so we have spent the last few weeks carefully preparing our yards to make them feel at home as soon as they arrive. We...

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Success at the Suffolk Show!

Success at the Suffolk Show!

Preparation On Tuesday afternoon, we travelled down to the Suffolk Show, which is a county agriculture show that takes place annually, near Ipswich. We had a show team of 6 on board and we were excited for 2 days of jam-packed showing! When we arrived, we set up camp...

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Sheep shearing in full swing

Sheep shearing in full swing

As the weather is getting warmer, it is time to shear our sheep! This is a very busy time for us, with lots of sheep to shear... Why shear sheep? It is very important that the wool is taken off the sheep for several reasons. Firstly, for the simple reason that the...

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Five fun-filled weekends at Watergate!

Spring has well and truly sprung, with the arrival of most of our lambs, the sight of bluebells in our woods and the beginning of warmer weather! A newborn lamb being cared for by it's mother We have been pleased with our lambing season so far - with only a few more...

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Open this weekend!

Open this weekend!

We are pleased to announce that we are opening our gates this weekend for our first lambing open day of 2019! With lots of lambs being born and great weather forecast this weekend, we are excited to welcome you onto the farm to meet our new arrivals! The lambing shed...

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Lambing is in full swing!

Lambing is in full swing!

Mid-February saw the arrival of our first lambs on the farm. With over 2000 sheep to lamb over the lambing period which, for us, goes on until Easter, we are expecting many new arrivals. We are hoping for the pleasant weather to carry on, as many of our sheep lamb...

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