In the spring of 2017, thanks to your generosity and with the help of a gift left to the Trust by Winchester resident Miss Patricia James we were able to buy Hockley Meadows Farm. Nestled in the heart of the Itchen valley, the site has become an integral part of how we manage reserves, benefitting wildlife right across Hampshire.
When we launched the appeal, we were looking for £200,000 and we thought it might be a bit of an ask. The site wasn’t a nature reserve, it wasn’t even going to be publically accessible to the supporters who were helping us buy it. But the legacy gift gave us the confidence to put in an offer on the farm and start the purchase. This combined with your support, passion and shared vision to protect this amazing space resulted in us exceeding the target by more than £20,000.
Today the farm is an essential part of the Trust and Jack Norris, farm manager and head of the grazing team gave us an update on the farm as it is today.