Farms and Farming

Baling near Fryton | Photograph by Colin Douthwaite

Much has changed since the mid-20th century, when there were 18 farms in the parish, 13 of those in Slingsby.

Within the village of Slingsby itself, only two of these continue to operate as farms: Castle Farm (Stephen Prest, arable) and Heights Farm (the Cliffords, sheep and beef), both of these based in the High Street.

Half a mile north of Slingsby village, Brickyard Farm (Andrew Wilson, predominantly arable) stands on the road to South Holme, needless to say on the site of the old brickworks.

Wandale Farm lies to the east of Slingsby, along Cemetery Lane, and is managed by Castle Howard estate.

In Fryton, there remain two farms, Cherry Garth (Stuart Prest, arable) and North Farm (Liz Cundill, arable).

In South Holme three farms continue to operate: South Holme Farm (the Langes, dairy), Beech Tree House (Andrew Farnell, livestock) and West Farm/Holme Farm/Dixieland (the Deans, dairy).

The Farming column

A farming column by local farmer Stephen Prest is published in the Triangle and on this website. It looks at modern farming and everything it entails. Check out the farming column by following the links below:

The Farming Column – January 2018

The Farming Column – December 2017

The Farming Column – March 2017

The Farming Column – January 2017

The Farming Column – Malton Show July 2016

The Farming Column – May 2016

The Farming Column: After the floods January 2016

The Farming Column: after hard work, the harvest supper

The Farming Column: Harvesting and a Hedgerow Sep 2015

The Farming Column: Conservation at Castle Farm Slingsby

The Farming Column: Harvesting and Conservation

The Farming Column: July 2014