Our team of three Partners grow over 200 hectares of winter wheat each year to LEAF Marque standards, harvesting the crop in August sunshine to produce quality wheat grains for milling into flour. Our Leckford Estate branded flours are available to purchase in our Farm Shop and in Waitrose stores.
We grow approximately 600 hectares of arable crops on the Estate, producing around 4,000 tonnes of grain annually. Our annual cropping is typically 230 hectares of winter wheat, 190 of spring barley, 120 of winter oilseed rape and 60 hectares of naked oats.
Much of the 450 tonnes of rapeseed we produce each year is processed on the farm to produce our own Leckford Estate cold-pressed rapeseed oil, which is sold through Waitrose. Even the residue from the pressing process is not wasted: In fact, it is used as a high value feed for our dairy cows.
All our wheat is produced to bread-making quality standards, with much of the 2,000 tonnes of grain being milled to produce high quality Leckford Estate flour for sale through Waitrose. Again, no part of the crop is wasted because all the wheat straw is baled and used for feeding and bedding our cattle at Abbotts Manor Dairy.
We then produce three types of flour: strong white, plain flour and self raising flour. The flour has a fine feathery softness, so it is up to you to make the delicious baked treats. Here are some ideas to inspire you:
Strong White Flour
Strong white flour contains high gluten levels, and forms a good rich texture and crumb structure in the finished loaf. Why not try making these delicious sweet and savoury treats:
- Puff Pastry
- Filo Pastry
Self raising flour is a plain flour that has had self raising agents added to it. Some baking you can do with our Leckford’s Self Raising Flour are:
- Suet Pastry
Plain flour is suited to where the flour must combine well with other ingredients, where short crumbly texture is required for a delicious taste. Why not try making:
Our flour is available in selected Waitrose stores, to save disappointment try ringing ahead to check availability. The Leckford Estate's Farm Shop stocks all three varieties of our flour, with lots of other fresh produce from local farmers and Leckford Estate. Pop by and have a shop and then have a break at our very own Farm Shop! We look forward to seeing you.
Around 40 hectares of the Estate’s arable land are left uncropped and used for conservation purposes under environmental stewardship schemes. Many of these uncropped areas can be found in field corners and along field boundaries in the form of tussocky grass margins and wild flower field margins. These areas not only create valuable habitats for wildlife but also, alongside hedgerows, provide ‘wildlife corridors’ by connecting up natural and semi-natural habitats around the estate. Some of the uncropped areas are actually within the crops, for example, ‘beetle banks’, to enhance populations of beneficial insects, and areas of fallow that provide nesting habitats for stone curlews.