Hill Farm has been in the Sumnall family for over 60 years and has passed through two generations. Andrew, the current owner is now farming in a new era. Originally the farmhouse was situated in the nearby village of Packington where 8 Shire horses were used to carry out all farming tasks before the invention of tractors. In 1962 the farmhouse relocated to its present position on Spring Lane and became the hub of the farm.
Originally a dairy farm, Hill Farm has undergone many changes over the years. More recent diversification projects have included planting a 100 acre wood as part of the National Forest scheme. This introduced the Canadian bison and red deer onto the farm in 2005. In 2008 alpacas moved in, followed by rare breed pigs in 2012. By coincidence 2 Shire horses moved back in in 2011!!
Today farming is very different from the early days of Shire horse power: it is mechanised, computerised, uses satellites to navigate fields and has enabled the management of larger acreage which has increased production. These days we are committed to managing the environment and encouraging wildlife. More recently we have planted areas of nectar and pollen plants to encourage butterflies and bees as well as siting bat and owl boxes around the farm.
Andrew and his partner Janice hope that the changes made will secure the farm’s future for many years and generations to come.