Deryk Noble. Founder of Furzedown Farm Conservation Area. Deryk bought the woodland in 1970.

Deryk Noble. Founder of Furzedown Farm Conservation Area. Deryk bought the woodland in 1970.

Furzedown Farm Conservation area was founded in 1970 by Deryk & Jill Noble. It has since been the subject of an ongoing conservation project, encouraging diversity through proper management. Sharing the woodland with the many species of invertebrates, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals are our bees, which benefit from the diverse range of wild flowers and flowering trees, many of which have been planted to purposefully benefit bees and butterflies. On a sunny summers day you can hear the hum of the bees as they forage the tree tops and meadow flowers present in the woodland.

Working in the woods. 

Working in the woods. 

Today the woodland is looked after by The Noble brothers and Sisters and their partners. It is currently the subject of a ten year management plan, for which a grant was awarded by the Forestry Commission.

Looking after the woodland is very much a family affair, now in its third generation of the Noble family.

Looking after the woodland is very much a family affair, now in its third generation of the Noble family.

Deryk, back in the day. After an enjoyable days work in the woods, a few ciders were often enjoyed.

Deryk, back in the day. After an enjoyable days work in the woods, a few ciders were often enjoyed.