Farming & the Environment

The Pigott family have been farming in the Harpenden area since the fifteenth century. We grow wheat for biscuits and breadmaking, malting barley for the whisky market, linseed and field beans for animal feeds and oilseed rape for vegetable oil.

Annables Farm at Kinsbourne Green is a Leaf Demonstration farm,  The farm is entered in the Higher Level Stewardship Scheme focussing on integrated farming, using precision farming techniques, habitat creation and archeological preservation.

Education & Reconnection

Reconnecting children with agriculture and rural land use is very important to us. Ian is very proud to have founded Farm Sunday which LEAF organise and promote.

On Farm Sunday farmers from up and down the country open their gates to welcome the public. Last year 350 farmers opened up their farms and attracted more than 150,000 visitors. For more details on Open Farm Sunday  and Open Farm School Day click here.

We are a certified CEVAS (Countryside Visits Accreditation Scheme) farm and host a number of school visits each year. Annables Farm is a wealth of information for many subjects within the curriculum especially: science, geography, history and sociology. Visits can be tailored to suit all children from Keystage 1-4.  If you are a teacher and would like to find out more about the integration of a visit to Annables within the school curriculum go to www.face-online.org.uk

To arrange a school visit please contact Leaf.

Through our cultivation methods we have seen a marked improvement in both numbers and species of birds and butterflies. In the past 10 years we have planted many miles of hedges and have created extensive wildlife margins. We work closely with Rothamsted Research and  the RSPB to create and improve habitats for as many wildlife species as possible.

Awards

 Ian Pigott has been awarded the Farmers Weekly, Farming Champion of the Year award, he has received the coveted Countryside Alliance Rural Hero award for founding Farm Sunday and the Bullock Award for his ongoing commitment to reconnecting children with food and farming.