Close Foot Farm
Phil Mulcaster is a farmer and renowned sheep shearer and he also works for the National Trust. He is a good friend and shears our sheep for us every year and we are very happy to be working with his North Country Mule wool. This is used in our Coniston Tweed.
Sadie and Nick Edmondson farm just up the road from us on Nick's family farm. Nick and his father run British Simmental cattle and Texel Cross sheep. Their wool is used in our Coniston Tweed.
Nibthwaite Grange Farm
John Atkinson is my partner and of course we wanted to add some of our own Cheviot wool to make the Coniston Tweed! We farm south of Coniston Water and keep a real assortment of sheep including rare breed Castlemilk Moorits and Teeswaters and we have a herd of Luing cattle and rare breed Whitebred Shorthorns.READ MORE
Racy Ghyll Farm
Farmer and writer James Rebanks keeps Belted Galloway cattle and Herdwick sheep. We take his wool clip every year and some of it we have spun into tweed to make Shepherd's Bags. It was this collaboration that got me thinking about working with more farmers across the Lake District, so we are delighted to be able to use his wool in this new project too. He runs his farm with his wife Helen and four children and his Herdwick wool is used in the Ullswater Tweed.
Brow Top Farm
Brow Top Farm is run by George and Sarah Hayton with daughter Alice. They keep a flock of Swaledale, Gritstones and Mules on their traditional upland family farm. Alice breeds and shows her rare breed Gritstone sheep and is a member of the Young RBST (Rare Breed Survival Trust). The fleece from this farm goes into our Windermere tweed and throws.
Sam Rawling and Sam's partner Lizzie Weir have provided us with their Herdwick and Cheviot cross wool. They are a young farming family, deeply connected to the Lake District farming culture.
Long Garth Farm
Rob and Lisa Berry have been farming for a relatively short time, but they are incredibly passionate and breed Swaledales, Mules and Bluefaced Leicesters. We blend their Bluefaced Leicester wool with the Hayton wool for our Windermere Tweed.
Lee Schofield is RSPB Senior Site Manager at Haweswater, and author of the critically acclaimed book, Wild Fell: Fighting for Nature on a Lake District Hill Farm. Together with landowner United Utilities, the RSPB at Haweswater are carrying out large scale ecological restoration in a way that is compatible with sustainable upland farming. A small flock of North Country Cheviot sheep, alongside Fell Ponies and Belted Galloway and Highland Cattle help to sustain the landscape's rich mosaic of woodland, meadow and mountain.
Rydal Hall Farm
Rydal Hall Farm is run by Hogg Hodgson where he lives with his wife Sharon who runs the diversified side of their farm business. The farm runs a flock of over one thousand Herdwick, Swaledales and Cheviot cross Herdwicks.
Dancing Gate Farm
Sue Tyson with her daughter Rachel Willan keep numerous breeds of sheep on their farm. They are very active on the county show circuit and breed show-type livestock that also do well commercially. Breeds include Teeswaters, Clun Forest, Shetland, Kerry Hill and Cheviots.
Harry Place Farm
Jonny Benson took over Harry Place farm from his father. It's in the heart of Landgdale and he farms here with is wife and children. Jonny runs a flock of Herdwicks, Cheviots and now a smaller flock of Welsh Badgerface.