Sustainable Farming

42The Area & History

Robert Thomas Farms is an arable farm in Nottinghamshire, covering 2,500 acres of sandy soil with full irrigation.

The area of the farm includes land North to Bilsthorpe, South to Burnt Stump Lane, West to Skegby and East to Oxton.

The business was formed as a partnership in 1983 between Richard and his late father Robert, now operated by Richard Thomas as a sole trader.

International and Sustainable

  • The farm incorporates Haywood Oaks Farm, Two Oaks, Fishpond Farm, Inkersall Grange, Allamoor, Moorfield, Patchings, Sansom Wood, Little Tithe and Archer’s Water.
  • 10 full time workers are employed on the farm. Robert Thomas Farms has also been employing people from Eastern Europe for a number of years during the Asparagus harvest season.
  • Robert Thomas Farms is a founder member of Fresh Growers Ltd., a Member of the Soil Association, EMGRO, LEAF and TESCO’s Nurture standard.

Cropping

Our farm nurtures and grows crops and livestock to a standard that we are proud to call our own

asparagus

Asparagus

100 Acres

carrot

Carrot

300 Acres

beet

Sweet Beet

150 Acres

Maize

Maize

150 Acres

Potatoes

Potatoes

350 Acres

spinach

Spinach

400 Acres

Pigs

Pigs

260 Acres

HLS Scheme

Robert Thomas Farms launched HLS Scheme in December 2008 and the rest of land was added during 2009. Chosen options include:

Spring Wheat

Spring Wheat

225 Acres

Fallow

Fallow

325 Acres

Other HLS

Other HLS

250 Acres

Field corners, 6m margins, Wild Bird Seed, shelter belts and over-wintered stubbles

HLS Capital items in scheme:

  • Hedge laying 28,000m over first 3 years
  • Rabbit fencing 30,000m plus fencing around Ancient Oaks