Clock House Farm

Clock House Farm

Patricia Lopez
Clock House was founded by Clive Murdoch in 1903. The business has been passed on from generation to generation and is now run by Robert and Camilla Pascall and their son Oli. 
One of the things that we love about Clock House Farm their innovative vision. They are constantly trialling new varieties and growing methods to improve the quality of the fruit. All of their soft fruit is grown under plastic tunnels and in substrate media in order to extend the growing season and to help them use more environmentally-friendly methods for pest control. Their strawberries are grown using the table-top method, again reducing the need to control plant disease.
Clockhouse Farm is committed to continuously identifying and adopting sustainable farming methods to minimise the impact on the environment. Some examples of these practices include:
  • Providing habitat for diverse and abundant wildflife. Their aim is to make the best use of natural resources and to follow the philosophy of integrated crop management and the guidance given in the LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming) Sustainable Farming Review where applicable.  They have kept and nurtured the great variety of woodland and natural vegetation that has existed for centuries in this area. All land that is not used for crop production is managed to produce habitats capable of supporting the widest range of flora and fauna.The farm has a number of orchards and fields surrounded by windbreaks to improve the micro-climate within the cropping area as well as woodland, hedges, grasslands, ditches, ponds, reservoirs and native specimen trees.  Pesticide applications are excluded from all non-cropping areas such as wind-breaks, hedges, ditches and grass headlands. FWAG (Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group) completed a Whole Farm Plan to raise awareness of key wildlife habitats, other environmental features and best farming practice. FWAG complimented the farm on being a ‘fantastic example of applying a fully integrated approach to a natural system to make the environment work both for the farmer and for wildlife’.

  • Recycling. It is the aim of the farm to manage and recycle waste in the most environmentally friendly manner possible. They recycle all plastic, cardboard and paper, coir, tunnel polythene, metal and waste oil. Scrap metal and other non-biodegradable material is recycled and a reputable recycling contractor collects waste oil. Wherever possible they re-use materials such as irrigation pipe, trickle tape, fencing materials and tree stakes. The use of peat has ceased in soft fruit production in favour of coir, which is in itself a waste product.  Coir also lends itself for use over a longer period than peat and is useful in providing mulch when spread under trees so this supports our waste management targets as well as our recycling programme.
  • Water usage. The conservation of water is given high priority. All crops are irrigated by trickle irrigation using pressure compensation to counteract slopes.The pipe work and trickle systems are well maintained and constantly monitored. The farm carries out regular monitoring of irrigation requirements using neutron probes to monitor soil moisture and thus prevent unnecessary irrigation. They also have a consistent crop walking programme to identify any leaks on a daily basis.

  • Energy. Clock House Farm has installed air source heat pump systems in the farm office and campsite games room as well as solar panels on the despatch area roofing to reduce electricity usage.

  • Environment. Clock House Farm strives to grow and supply fruit in the most environmentally conscious manner possible.The farm is committed to continually identifying and adopting sustainable farming systems and practices to minimise the impact on the environment by implementing their policies on energy & efficient use of water, pollution prevention, recycling and waste management as well as wildlife & landscape conservation & enhancement. They are proud of the accreditations that have been awarded to them. Their ongoing 100% accreditation to the LEAF (Linking Farming and Environment) Marque illustrates their commitment to the improvement of the environment.

  • Innovation. Clock House Farm was one of the first English farms to grow strawberries on table tops with their first field being established in 1998 and they adopted this system for all their strawberry production by 2012. They were early adopters of growing in substrate using coir and since 2013 all their soft fruit has been grown in this medium. 

At My Farm Shop we love Clock House Farm not only because of the wonderfully tasty and delicious fruit they deliver to us but also because of the ethics behind the business and their respect for the land and the environment.