October (and a bit of November) 2021 at Stourton

Enchanted Lights 2021 – A huge thank you! 

We’d like to thank everyone who came along to our Enchanted Lights event this year.  We hoped that this event would be bigger and better than previous years and we think that, according to your feedback, we most certainly managed it.  It was fantastic to see so many people in attendance and to have people back on the estate in such numbers for the first time in 18 months. 

We are still awaiting the final total from the wishing fountain donations for St Barnabas Hospice and will share the total with you as soon as we know. 

We couldn’t have done it without our hard working and incredibly flexible Stourton Team and volunteers who made sure that not only did everything look great but that the event ran smoothly. 

The photographer, John Aron came along to the event on Thursday night and has taken some great pictures, a few of which we have made into a gallery that you can view by clicking here

And so onwards to our next event! 


Christmas at Stourton – Saturday 4th December 2021 

We invite you to start the festive season with Christmas at Stourton. In the woods under the shelter of our new roundhouse you will be able to collect or purchase your beautiful Nordman Fir Christmas tree (5ft,6ft & 7ft) as well as frozen venison from the Veni-Van and order any kiln dried logs to see you through the Christmas period.  

We will be holding festive deer safaris which you can book in advance here and a selection of hot drinks and light refreshments will be on offer from The Lunch Wagen.  

It is FREE entry and we are open from 10am until 4pm on Saturday 4th December and we will be delighted to see you. 


Christmas Trees 

Get ahead and order your tree now for delivery or collection!

We have a beautiful selection of freshly cut Nordmann Fir trees in stock ready to deliver to you, or for you to collect from the farm by prior arrangement. They are available from the end of November.

These premium trees have the added advantage that they hold their needles throughout the festive season and beyond!  Pruned and tendered throughout their growing season, they have a lovely conical shape.

The trees come in arrange of sizes between 5ft – 7ft 6 and cost between £35 – £50.

We can deliver your tree directly to your door with any log order free within 20 miles of LN9 5PB or you can come and collect your tree from the farm office, off the Caistor High Street, B1225 LN9 5PB by prior arrangement.

If you’d prefer to collect and choose your tree in person, please pre-order online and come and see us at our Christmas Open Day on Saturday 4th December – just let us know on the notes of your online order!

Click here to place your Christmas tree order online!


Venison – Stock up in time for Christmas 

Whether it’s a deliciously tender venison casserole, a roasting joint, sausages or steaks venison makes a great alternative to the ‘usual’ beef, pork or lamb versions of your favourite dishes. 

Make sure you place your order early to stock your fridge or freezer in time for the festive season. 

The last opportunity to buy Imperial and Royal fresh venison boxes are available to order now with delivery from 16th December. These boxes, packed full of a range of venison cuts also make great Christmas gifts for foodie friends and can be delivered across the UK. 

We will also have the veni-van in place for anyone wishing to collect their box order or pre-order their frozen venison, there will also be fresh venison available to purchase from the van.  You can find us at the Stourton Woods entrance, (off A158 – follow Walled Garden signs) from 11am – 2pm on 17th December. 

A full range of our frozen venison available to order online. If you order more than £25 worth delivery is free of charge within 20 miles (by road) of LN8 5PB. 


Kiln Dried Logs – in time for Christmas 

Don’t get chilly over Christmas! Please place any log orders as early as possible so that we can ensure pre-Christmas delivery. Our logs are of a very high standard and are Woodsure™ certified to ensure a clean burn. 

We offer a discount for delivery of more than one bag of logs, currently restricted to a maximum of 2 per order.  Please contact us if you would like to order more than 2 bags. 

Delivery is free within a 20 mile radius of our farm by road. If you live outside the 20 mile radius please contact us to discuss a delivery price. 

To find out more or to order your logs please click here 

Please note that we will be closed from 23rd  December until 5th January and will be unable to make any log deliveries in this time. 


On the Farm 

Well…after the nightmare of the last two ‘back ends’ 2021 autumn drilling campaign has largely been completed here at Stourton Estates and conditions have largely been good.  

Firstly thanks must go to everyone in the team for their efforts in getting drilled up. The busy period doesn’t really seem to have let up since the middle of July, it’s been a long pull for everyone but the team’s hard work is very much appreciated.  

The majority of wheat and barley has now emerged and is looking well. We have a couple of areas where the field underdrains need some attention, once these are sorted we can get the last little bits of wheat put in and put to bed. 

We are now monitoring crops for late weed emergence to assess whether or not to apply a ‘top up’ to our autumn herbicides already applied. We are also monitoring whether or not the crops require an insecticide application to control BYDV infection of the crop. Please find more information about that here. 

As we go to press we are busy lifting our second tranche of sugar beet to be delivered to Newark processing factory. We were very pleased with the yield of our first lift, however the factory had had some considerable issues getting up to full processing capacity. It looks like it will be a very long season as a result of this and high yields. A lot of risk therefore on the grower with beet in the ground over winter due to risk of frost and the resultant spoilage. 

Next on the agenda is to bring all of the equipment through the workshop to carry out any repairs necessary and make sure it is all in good order before the spring. 


Deer Diary 

Poppy inspecting Roundhouse concrete works

It’s been a busy and noisy time in the deer park.  We are just coming to the end of the rut and hope that Nelson and Winston have done the business and that we have lots of calves appearing in late spring/early summer. 

Dotty, our hand reared calf is now fully weaned, no longer needing a milk top-up at all.  She is fully integrated with the herd which has had no problem accepting her back into their fold.  She is naturally less wary of humans and still likes to pop over to say hello whenever we are in the field. 

As we are now approaching winter and the grass growth has slowed considerably we have moved to winter feeding where the deer get a bale of hay when needed to nibble on.  Later on in the season we will top up with silage. 

The Roundhouse is very nearly ready for its winter residents.  The floor is being concreted this week with the work being carried out by Pell Plant Hire. Once the weather turns cold we will move this year’s batch of deer calves in to ensure that they are kept warm and snugly throughout the winter months. 


We hope to see you on 4th December for our Christmas Open day. 


Antony & Helen 

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