About us

Background


Road Farm is within the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty overlooking the Missenden Misbourne Valley, easily located by car off the A413 north-west of Great Missenden.   The Farm has been here certainly since the 1600s, owned and worked by the Knight  family for over 50 years, employing two people full-time, run by David Knight who maintains a mix of sheep (200 ewes), cattle (42 suckler cows) and arable.  Wendy Gray (David’s youngest sister) moved back to the farm with her family several years ago and has established Chalkdell Stays.

Archaeology and History


Medieval sheep-bells help give clues to the historic association of livestock and land-use, with relic saw-pits in the ancient woodland linking possibly to the local furniture trade.  Mapridge Green Lane pre-dates 1620, its branch of “Gypsy Lane” traversing the farm and dividing the parishes of  Wendover and Great Missenden. The ancient linear feature of Grim’s Ditch may have crossed part of the farm, with the lower fields divided from rest of the farm by the railway, laid at the turn of the 20th century.  The farmstead itself boasts several  listed, clay-tiled 18th century barns around an impressive courtyard with listed farmhouse.

Ecology and wild-life




The whole farm is in the Higher Level Stewardship scheme whereby the farm is managed to ensure encouragement of all wildlife and protection of its many environmental features. Sitting on typical Chilterns soils of Middle and Upper Chalk and Clay-with-Flints, the habitats on the farm include varied grasslands, Ancient woodland and hedgerows,  green lanes, arable and wild-life-friendly field margins.  Chalk grassland plants include the beautiful Pyramidal Orchid, whilst bluebells flourish in the woods in spring.  Skylark are a common summer sound, with Harvest Mice and Glow worms amongst the less readily seen farm residence of particular County importance. The farm supports a wealth of Farmland birds like linnet and yellowhammer, with other mammals including brown hare and long-eared bat