Nick and Bella have been married for 12 years and have spent the last nine years enthusiastically restoring Walnuts Farm and its surrounding five acres into a beautiful and productive model farm.
Nick and Bella have embraced the ‘good life’ along with their two daughters, Flora (10) and Peggy (7). Their small family farm has an extensive kitchen garden surrounded by woven hazel fencing, a wild flower meadow, a coppice and open pasture, all of which have been created from a bare-field site by Nick and Bella. Their aim to live off the land as much as possible means undertaking a schedule of planting fruit trees, tending to their wild flower meadow and kitchen gardens and nurturing the livestock consisting of poultry, pigs, sheep and honey bees.
With their simple and achievable approach of raising ‘just enough’ livestock and fruit and vegetables to happily feed a family of four throughout the year Nick and Bella adamantly believe that the good life does not have to be the hard life.
The family lifestyle has been serialised in Country Living magazine throughout 2014 where we were able to follow the work going on at Walnuts Farm and the food the family grow and eat. A new series featuring Nick and Bella is to appear in Country Living from April 2015.
In addition to being the family home, Walnuts Farm is a successful film and photographic location where they regularly host fashion, interiors and advertising shoots for clients including L’Oreal, John Lewis, White Stuff, Kew, Rowan, Joules, Great Little Trading Company, Neal’s Yard, Net A Porter, Next, Lombok, Sony, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Gardens Illustrated, Homes and Gardens, and Port magazine.