Re-establishing lost habitats
We have carefully recreated more than 70 hectares of chalk downland - a precious habitat previously destroyed by intensive cultivations and chemical fertilisers. In our rejuvenated downland we now enjoy an abundance of wildflowers and the fauna they support.
When Peter and Juliet Kindersley took ownership Hundred-Acre Field it was growing arable crops. They wanted to return the area to chalk downland, a declining and delicate habitat, and a characteristic of the Berkshire Downs. The field was seeded with a conservation grass and wild flower mix. That was back in the late 1990s.
Today, flowers growing here include Lady's Bedstraw, Birds-foot-trefoil, Small Scabious, Clustered Bellflower, Quaking Grass, Salad Burnet, Betony, Greater Knapweed, Burnet-Saxifrage, Wild Marjoram, Wild Basil, Common Rockrose, Ox-eye Daisy and Hoary Plantain. In spring you can see huge numbers of Cowslip stretched across the fields, a sign that the balance to the soil has been restored and this is once again a thriving habitat- a world away from the monoculture it once was.