What is Medham Farm?
Medham Farm was originally a Victorian dairy farm producing milk, butter and cheese for the good people of Northwood, the oldest settled part of Cowes. Parts of the original farm are still exactly as they were in the C.19th including a milking parlour, stables, tack room and hay loft, completely untouched. Today we manage around 35 acres of farmland, meadows and woodland, breeding chickens, runner ducks and growing produce for our own consumption and for sale.
Are there red squirrels on the farm?
Oh yes! We have five or six breeding pairs in the woods, and would be very surprised if you didn’t see them during your visit. There are no grey squirrels on the island, and indeed it is an offence to bring them over.
What wild animals am I likely to see?
Mr Fox does his rounds every evening and Mr and Mrs Badger fuss around the gardens from around an hour after dark until the early hours of the morning. Mr Mole annoyingly leaves his mark on the lawn with tedious frequency. You will also see heron fishing in the ponds, green woodpeckers on the lawns, lesser spotted woodpeckers and sparrowhawks. This year we also had two pairs of buzzards breeding in the woodlands.
How can I find out what is happening during my stay?
The Isle of Wight County Press is the weekly newspaper for the island with a very comprehensive ‘What’s On’ section. It will give details of all the events taking place across the island during your visit. They also have a website www.iwcp.co.uk/
In addition, there is an excellent independent travel guide specifically for the isle of Wight, with a comprehensive guide to everything the island has to offer, including upcoming events. Visit their website www.myisleofwight.com
Are there famous residents on the island?
Well, it isn’t quite Beverley Hills, but the following people live or have second homes on the island: Bear Grylls, Sheila Hancock, Jeremy Irons, Phil Jupitus, Anneka Rice, Dame Ellen McArthur, Virginia Bottomley, Celia Imrey, Alan Titchmarsh and Bill Pertwee.
How big is the Isle of Wight?
The island is 37 kilometres by 21 kilometres, with a population of about 132,000 people. The island receives about 2.6 million vistors every year. The island is a unitary authority providing services from a Civic Centre in Newport, the island capital. Power is provided from the mainland under the Solent, although there is a back-up power station in Cowes.