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December 6, 2019

We recently travelled westwards to attend the inaugural Wales Real Food & Farming Conference in Aberystwyth. The conference was born out of the Oxford Real Farming Conference, itself a product of the Campaign for Real Farming and the Slow Food Movement. It was a gathering of innovators and forward thinking players from the organic and sustainable farming movement, so we were excited to be representing Three Pools at such an occasion. The focus of discussion...

October 22, 2019

Why cows?

Cows have taken a lot of stick in the press lately for their contribution to climate change. In reality, things aren’t that simple.

Cows emit methane, yes. They also do an incredible job of cycling nutrients within grassland systems. In fact if managed properly they greatly increase the health of the soil and the grass; while increasing carbon sequestration into the soil. The methane problem is much more significant if cows aren’t fed grass. We are...

January 14, 2019

Following a Welsh Perry & Cider Society project to find heritage fruit trees in Wales we have had two species of perry pear confirmed as genetically unique to our farm.

One of these trees is an heirloom, rather than graft, meaning it grew from seed. This tree has been confirmed as the second girthiest pear tree in Britain!

Grafts were taken from these trees and we have now planted 25 saplings across the farm. More saplings have been sent to university museum...

May 1, 2018

As new entrants to farming we have been learning from our guru, Peter. A man with over 65 years experience in raising livestock. As a breed our welsh mountain, badger-face sheep are good mothers and tend to have few difficulties birthing. Still, it’s not an activity to take on with no first hand experience. It’s been a very different learning curve to university studies and we now have 35 healthy lambs.

The key points we’ve taken from it are:

Routin...

February 5, 2018

 National Resources Wales have come and installed 400m of fencing for us. We asked them to leave a wide buffer zone between the field and the stream to maximise biodiversity and environmental benefits. By separating a significant area it allows us space to plant a coppice system of hazel, alder, willow, oak and ash to provide us with fuel, materials and feed for livestock. 

November 8, 2017

We've been accepted as a global partner of Regeneration International! Our objective is to show that the agricultural industry can go further than reducing pollution and negative impacts. Farming can have a positive impact on the world, we want to have a footprint. Regenerative farming techniques will store carbon in the soil, protect biodiversity and water and provide various other ecosystem services. 

Applying permaculture design to farming systems is...

October 23, 2017


We have introduced our rams to the flock. By introducing them now we hope we will be lambing mid-late march. Lambing at this time we hope to be past the worst of the winter weather, but early enough that the lambs will ween to get early season grass growth which is more nutritious. This way we won't have to supplement their feed later in the year - keeping the farm system a closed loop. 

As our flock is small we separated the ewes with the best pu...

August 31, 2017

We welcomed the Wye & Usk Foundation and National Resources Wales onto our farm for advice on how to improve our water. They have offered funding to us, and our neighbouring farm, to fence off the stream running along our boundary. 

When livestock are allowed access to streams they erode the banks and eat the stream side vegetation. When excluded the stream stabilises into a deeper channel, flowing more slowly. The stream side plants can grow, hosting a biod...

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