Cold Harbour Farm

Cold Harbour Farm is a family owned farm located in Bishop Burton focusing on the production of six rotational crops for a range of markets including vining peas for Birds Eye.

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Farmer: Paul Hayward
Address: Bishop Burton, Beverley, Humberside, HU17 8JF
Website: http://www.cold-harbour-farm.co.uk/

Member since 2001 LEAF Demonstration Farmer since 1993

The Farm

Cold Harbour Farm is a 750 acre farm focusing on the production of six rotational crops for a range of markets including vining peas all grown for Birds Eye and wheat for seed. Grass is also grown to feed the Belgian Blue cross suckler beef herd. The family have farmed in this area since 1770 and at Cold Harbour Farm since 1889 in a family partnership. The business has significantly changed since becoming a LDF, moving away from dairy and pigs to now specialising in crop production.



Cold Harbour Farm has a long term programme of hedge planting and restoration and as part of the countryside stewardship scheme, hedgerows have been improved and the network of conservation headlands extended. Areas of woodland have also been planted as have grass strips around field edges with native grasses and wildflowers. The farm is additionally part of the Birds eye sustainability project. Paul is a Director of The Green Pea Company which comprises of around 150 growers within 25 miles of the Hull factory. Each of 5 areas has a field manager, 3 vining machines, 2 trailers etc in order to get the peas at the right ripeness from field to frozen in 2 hours for Bird’s Eye. Soil mapping is used for crop management and min till for OSR and barley.

The farm has started various areas of work with Agri-EPI as a satellite farm which was introduced through LEAF.

Some of the farm buildings have been converted to studios which are predominately used for arts & crafts. Two tumuli have been grassed down and preserved and there are other Neolithic sites of historic interest on the farm.


We welcome visitors to Cold Harbour Farm so we can share with them how we are trying to balance a thriving business with positive environmental management, by following LEAF and IFM principles. Visits can take place throughout the year and are arranged through the LEAF office.

Particular interests/farming issues:
Who is going to work on the land in the future
The balance of environment & production
Sufficient profit from farming to maintain and improve

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