Rodd Black cattle and Texel x Lleyn sheep
Rodd Farm comprises the 250 acres of farm and woodland that is owned and managed by the Sidney Nolan Trust. It lies in the beautiful valley of the Hindwell River, an important tributary of the S.S.S.I. designated River Lugg. The land encompasses a wonderful diversity of wildlife habitats from the ancient semi-natural broadleaved woodland (a county-designated special wildlife site) to the complex of traditional hedgerows, the riverside meadows and the large area of undisturbed scrub. Although the land already supports a rich and varied complex of natural flora and fauna the Trust is always working to improve this with sensitive and appropriate management.
Rodd Farm was purchased by Sidney Nolan for the Trust in 1985 to ensure the setting for his foundation. It has always been understood that the farm would generate funds for the charitable work of the Trust but in addtion the land acts as a resource and an inspiration for artists and visitors. This latter role is rapidly evolving and more recently the farm plays host to international artists' residencies, arts based masterclasses and arts activities for community groups from deprived wards of the neighbouring Birmingham/Sandwell Conurbation.
In 1987 Lady Nolan began the process of converting the farmland to organic management and the farm has been certified with the Soil Association since 1992. As the name would suggest, organic farming is a traditional management method that views the farm as a living organism and wherein the health of all of its component parts is essential for the vitality of its products and the sustainability of their production. Naturally any input that is detrimental to one or more of the natural farm floral or faunal populations will be detrimental to the overall health of the farm organism and hence its products.
Rodd Farm is a registered WWOOF Host (World Wide Opportunities On Organic Farms). Click below for our entry.