Mill House Farm the site for the Bleng Farms business and holiday cottage nestles at the end of Blengdale

Bleng Farms

Farmed by:- Isabelle and Thomas Ostle

Based at:- Mill House Farm

Wellington

Seascale

Cumbria

CA20 1BH

 

Bleng Farms is a LEAF farm (linking the environment and farming)


To find out more about LEAF farms follow the below link


http://www.leafuk.org

 

 

‘Our Objectives:

 

  To run a viable farming business by making the best use of the farm’s natural resources to produce quality beef and lamb, whilst enhancing and protecting the environment’

Bleng Farms is a 250 hectare beef, sheep and arable farm lying in the western fringe of the Lake District National Park. The main holding is on the outskirts of the village of Gosforth which is about 15 miles south of Whitehaven, however the arable land is situated at Sandwith which is very near Whitehaven.

We have been farming at Gosforth for over 40 years and with our type of farming we saw integrated farm management as the best way forward post foot and mouth disease.

 

Bleng Farms at a glance

 

Farm Size

250 hectares (625)acres

Location

Wellington near Gosforth Cumbria

Staff

4.5 FTE

Climate

 

Temperature

Temperate

Rainfall

1200-1500mm (50-60 inches)

Elevation

50m -200m (170ft – 650ft)

Soil Types

Mainly brown earths ranging from sandy to medium loams overlying sandstone at Sandwith and Granite at Gosforth with large areas of peat at higher levels

Topography

Very hilly at Gosforth and undulating at Sandwith

Farm Enterprises

 

Managed habitat and woodland 100acres

 The whole farm is farmed within a Higher Level Environmental scheme

Arable (200acres approx)

Wheat, barley, oats, root crops

Grass leys (75 acres approx

For forage

Permanent Pasture 200 acres approx

For grazing sheep and cattle

Cattle

80 sucklers with all progeny finished on farm or kept for replacements

Sheep

550 LLeyns with all progeny finished on farm