September 2021 at Stourton

Estate Events – Dates for your Diary!

 Open Day – Sunday 10th October – Entry is FREE

We are delighted to announce that the last open day of the year will take place on Sunday 10th October, from 10am – 4pm.

We will be offering deer safaris which we advise pre-booking here as well as lovely autumnal walks through our trails.  The trees are just on the turn and some wonderful colours are emerging.  Nice N Toastie will be on site throughout the say offering a range of unique and classic savoury or sweet toasties. Refreshments will also be available from the arboretum where you can also find delicious Stourton Honey and Venison (frozen) available for you to purchase and take home.

As this is our last open day of the year entry is free, donations are however welcomed at your discretion.  Should you wish to make a donation then you can see Clare in the safari tent shop.

We’d also like to thank some of our recent visitors for their great feedback on our open days and deer safaris, both made directly and via facebook. It means a lot that you have taken the time to let us know what a great time you had.

Well behaved dogs on leads and their owners are more than welcome to attend.

 

Enchanted Lights – 4th, 5th & 6th November 2021

After a hugely popular event in 2019 (& an enforced Covid break last year) we are so excited to invite you back to experience our extended enchanted woodland trail!

 The trees and arboretum will be lit up with coloured lights, soft music and special illuminations creating a magical evening.  LED spinning and a wishing water fountain (where every bit of loose change thrown in will be donated to St Barnabas Hospice) plus a storytelling tree ending with fire dance performances make for an immersive and entertaining evening.

Purchase marshmallows to toast on the specially designed mini fire-pits under the stars on the Old Hall Lawn and then at the end of the trail enjoy locally produced food from street food vendors around the fire-pit.  Perhaps indulge in a Bailey’s hot chocolate or beer from the bar in the Safari Tent where you can warm up around the log burner!

We are operating Covid secure procedures on site with limited numbers over two time-slots (5pm – 7pm and 7pm – 9pm) each evening over 3 nights where a one-way system will be in place to keep everyone safe.

This is an alternative evening’s entertainment to a traditional bonfire or fireworks night – even well-behaved dogs on leads are welcome!

Tickets are priced at £7 per adult (over 16) and £5 per child (1-16yrs).

To find out more and to book your tickets please click here.

 

Christmas at Stourton – Sunday 4th December 2021

We invite you to start the festive season with Christmas at Stourton. In the woods under the shelter of the roundhouse you will be able to collect or purchase your beautiful Nordman Fir Christmas tree (5ft,6ft & 7ft) as well as, logs and venison to see you through the Christmas period. We will be holding festive deer safaris and a selection of refreshments will be on offer. More information will be available in due course.  Please keep your eyes peeled on our website or social media.

If you’d like a beautiful Nordman Fir tree please email contact@stourtonestates.co.uk now to reserve your tree (5ft, 6ft, 7ft)

 

Venison

We have fully stocked the freezer for winter with delicious venison.  So whether you have a special event that you want to cater for or would just like to stock up, everything is currently in stock. Plus as a special offer we are giving away a FREE pack of burgers (4) with every venison purchase over £35.

Our fresh venison boxes are also currently available to order and will be delivered to you either via the veni-van or courier from Thursday 14th October.  Our venison boxes come in 2 sizes; the Imperial Box, weighing at least 6kg and priced at £125 and the Royal, weighing at least 3kg and priced at £60.0. Both include a wide range of premium quality cuts, lovingly reared on the farm.

Order online for home delivery

Our frozen venison is available to order online for home delivery within a 20 mile radius of the farm.  Delivery is free on orders over £25.

Our fresh venison boxes are available for delivery both locally and throughout the UK via courier delivery.

 ‘Click-and-Collect’ from the Veni-van

stourton estates venisonThe Veni-van will be in place on Friday 15th October from 10am-4pm.   If you place an order for frozen venison or fresh boxes online we can have it ready for you to collect from us too!  You will find us parked up near our Stourton Woods entrance, off Clay lane (A158) in Baumber (follow the Walled Garden Baumber turning signs).

Also, keep your eyes peeled for the latest edition of the Good Taste Lincolnshire Magazine where we tell you how we produce such sustainable venison here on the estate.

 

Kiln Dried Logs are available to order now for home delivery

stacked logsOur Woodsure™ certificated kiln dried logs are now available to order for delivery direct to your door!

Our kiln dried logs, in 0.7 cubic metre builders bags, are fantastic quality, super dry & graded (to remove dust, sticks etc) before being kiln dried at the farm at Baumber.  We have just received our certificate confirming our logs are ‘Ready to Burn’ accredited under the Governments’ scheme demonstrating a moisture content of under 20% – and being kiln dried ours measured 9% so they are super dry!

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. If you live outside 20 mile radius please contact us to discuss a delivery price.

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

 

Deer Diary

September has been a really busy month with the deer.  We have been treating the herd and have given them a copper bolus ensuring that they are receiving the correct nutrition as we go into the winter months. We have separated the hinds from the stags and have de-antlered the stags. This is a quick and pain free process for them but keeps injuries to both each other and us whilst handling them to a minimum as the testosterone levels rise! Here at Stourton we have two main breeding stags, Nelson and Winston.  Nelson has already moved in with his hinds for the rut and Winston is waiting eagerly. The historical layout of the deer park makes moving him around the other herds slightly challenging but we do have a plan and we hope that he will be happily ensconced with his ladies in the ‘Home’ deer park by the end of the week.

Dotty is thriving with the main herd. She has now got so big that we can no longer lift her by hand.  She still happily gallops over to us for her bottle, much to the amusement and bewilderment of the rest of the calves and hinds.

There must have been something in the air at the weekend though, when we were checking the herd they were having a great time. We found hinds playing on hay bales and the yearling stags wallowing in the mud – what swamp donkeys!

On the Farm

We finally finished harvest on the 21st of September with the completion of our field bean harvest; a full two months after starting! The dull, damp August had a ‘double whammy’ effect of both limiting harvesting days and also slowing crop ripening. Many have referred to harvest 2021 as the driest wet harvest they have ever known…it certainly is for me!

Another knock on effect of the lack of any significant rainfall is that establishment of our oilseed rape crop has been hindered. Establishment of the crop on any land with any amount of ‘body’ has been severely hampered. The small emerging plants in these areas are suffering from both the dry and a concerted effort by a large number of cabbage stem flea beetle to try and make sure we don’t have a crop!!

The positive side of the dry is that as we have cultivated the land ahead of sowing autumn cereals, it has crumbled nicely. False seedbeds look good, and hopefully as long as we don’t get too much rain (like the last two years) our winter wheat and barley crops should go in nicely.

We haven’t yet started our autumn drilling campaign but that should be starting in earnest over the next few days. Just one last big push required from the team to get the bulk of the autumn work completed is required before being able to have a little bit of ‘downtime’ and catch up with families etc.

 

We hope to see you very soon at one of upcoming events!

Take Care

Antony & Helen

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