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Godminster Organic Cheese

Updated: Jun 7, 2021

Richard's mantra is: 'Nature repays those who treat her kindly.' We couldn't agree more - and his fabulous cheese follows this mantra from farm to fork.

Godminster Farm is set on the outskirts of the town of Bruton, Somerset. Its historic pedigree dates back to the Doomsday Book of 1086 which records that people have been living on the land since then.

Delicious cheese must use delicious milk and Godminster Farm is home to their very own herd of 320 organic dairy cows. The Godminster Girls cattle graze the fields hedgerows around the farm in rural Somerset.

We get a lot of rain in Somerset, which is either a good or bad thing depending on your perspective. From the point of view of grass, lots of water is a fantastic thing and makes for fields of lush green grazing as far as the eye can see.

A Natural Talent

People have been farming this land for generations. Since 2000, Godminster Farm has been certified Organic with the Soil Association. Richard Hollingbery bought Godminster Farm in 1993. Since then, he has worked tirelessly to build environmental diversity on the land in line with the principles of organic farming. His ethos is simple. His goal is to create a self-sustaining environment where nature can regenerate and flourish.

Since buying the farm, Richard has planted more than 25,000 broadleaf trees. His aim was to foster diverse habitats resulting in a visible increase in the wildlife population. There are now 15 ponds encouraging bio-diversity and reeds that cleanse the ground water.

Everything they do at Godminster comes back to what they do at the farm; it’s pivotal to who they are and what they stand for. And in a world where we all need to do more to help our planet, Richard is living and working in a way that treads lightly, but still produces a fantastic product.

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