Tipton’s Croft is a traditional English croft (field), located in central Shropshire. It consists of a wildflower meadow, small lake, pond, ash copice, young woodland, rough grass, paths and scrubland surrounded by native hedgerows -a total of about five acres. The croft is linked to an old cottage and smaller field containing an orchard, vegetable patches and chickens.
It is a working croft that provides food, water and wood, but more importantly provides an environment that maximises biodiversity and supports native Shropshire flora and fauna, with a positive impact on the environment. In other words it gives us hay, honey and heat, the wildlife loves it and it looks good too.
It’s a work in progress (as of April 2020 four years so far) and will take a few more years to reach maturity, but it’s already proving a success. It’s a small thing but we think it’s worth it.