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Friars Court is a working farm comprising of just over 650 acres. 440 acres is arable whilst 145 acres are grassland used to make low-input hay and silage as well as provide grazing for the herd of 30 Hereford beef cows and their calves. The remaining land is primarily woodland where trees are grown for either timber or as a biofuel.
The arable land is contract farmed by a neighbour who has the machinery to quickly, and efficiently, cultivate and harvest the fields. The crops grown on the farm normally comprise of wheat, barley and oilseed rape.
Agro-forestry is also practiced with a four acre riverside wood, planted with cricket bat willow trees (which eventually will be felled and made into cricket bats), which doubles as a seasonal caravan rally field. Other woodland areas are grown not just for timber but as wildlife habitats for nesting birds and small mammals.
The farm also has a five acre wetland habitat which incorporates a small lake. This attracts a variety of water fowl from ducks, geese and a regular pair of nesting swans.
The River Thames borders the farm for a mile to the south and this includes the Radcot Lock and Weir. In 2012 the Environment Agency completed a two year project which saw the manually operated wooden weir replaced with a metal, automated one. The works also included the addition of a fish race so fish could easily swim, and spawn, upstream. During the course of the building work nocturnal cameras captured otters playing in the river.