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Our Story

Here in ‘Our Back Garden’ we want to be the best caretakers of our environment. Outstanding beauty, environmental importance and national heritage is everything to us.

Mill Meadows Farm has transformed our family, starting with just a few fields and growing into a successful rare breed farm. We are a family of mixed British-Nigerian heritage, spanning two generations of directors, we have spent over two decades nestling ourselves into our local community and feel incredibly proud to be creating a space we can share with you all. We understand that, like any garden, our farm requires hard work and a lot of heart. We’re excited to share our journey with you, showing how our commitment to family and environment creates something truly special.

The animals

Our farm is home to a diverse array of animals, including an alpaca herd, Sussex red cows, and a flock of Hampshire Down sheep. Our daily routine involves caring for our land and livestock, and we’ve developed some exciting experiences to share with our community and customers.

Our alpaca herd has grown from just two mothers and their cria to twenty three beautiful Huyaca alpacas. Initially brought in to protect our lambs from foxes, our alpacas have become a cornerstone of our farm. Alpaca wool, known for its softness, durability, and hypoallergenic properties, is a rising star in the luxury wool market. As noted in a 2018 Vogue article, alpaca wool is more environmentally friendly than cashmere, making it a preferred choice among retailers and consumers.

We’ve worked tirelessly to produce top-quality yarn for our luxury products, perfect for staying warm in the winter while looking stylish. It’s thrilling to see our efforts recognized in the industry, and we’re proud to offer these beautiful, sustainable products.

The Farm

Established in 2010, Mill Meadows Farm is a picturesque piece of farmland in Westbourne, featuring water meadows intertwined with the River Ems. This historic river, with a history dating back to 1640, flows through our farm, supporting diverse wildlife including brown trout, water voles, and kingfishers.

Over the years, we’ve restored 24 acres of land to viable agricultural practices that complement both the environment and the management of the River Ems. Our farm is now home to a pedigree rare-breed herd of Sussex Red cattle, a flock of Hampshire Down sheep, and a beloved herd of alpacas. Our partnership with national and local environmental programmes helps improve habitats for water birds and biodiversity in these floodplain grazing meadows.

“Established in 2010, Mill Meadows Farm is a picturesque piece of farmland in Westbourne, featuring water meadows intertwined with the River Ems”

Our goal is to ensure the long-term conservation of the Ems Valley, linking the South Downs and Chichester Harbour—both areas of outstanding beauty and national heritage. As a family, we’re committed to nurturing this land, sharing our passion for sustainable farming, and inviting you to be a part of our story.

Join us at Mill Meadows Farm, where family and nature flourish together.

Ann Brazier
Ann Brazier
15 February 2024
A great visit for a meet and greet session at Our Back Garden today. My granddaughter absolutely loved it. The staff were friendly and helpful, making it such a pleasurable visit. We definitely intend to return for alpaca walking later in the year
Susannah Greenwood
Susannah Greenwood
12 December 2023
Beautiful place to visit, lots of events a sweet shop and now you can get refreshments. Worth a visit.
Coral Harmon
Coral Harmon
3 December 2023
Had an amazing visit today, meeting and feeding the alpacas. The hosts were really friendly and informative and obviously really care about their animals and their business. The alpacas were lovely, the hot drinks great and the produce made from the alpaca wool was wonderful; I look forward to wearing my hat and socks and I'm sure our grandson will love his cuddly alpaca. Would definitely recommend a visit and would love to come back.
Mark Ralls
Mark Ralls
5 November 2023
Fantastic day out .
Mark Darlington
Mark Darlington
14 October 2023
Hosted our daughter's birthday party here. It was such a lovely experience for the children, and the owners were amazing!
Hefin Griffiths
Hefin Griffiths
1 October 2023
Visited with Veterans Outreach Support. Brilliant crew, brilliant morning 👍👍
Lou T
Lou T
30 September 2023
We had a fantastic couple of hours with the alpacas today. Such a great place, with a lovely family feel. Laura was brilliant and taught us everything we needed to know. I’m in love with Flora and wanted to take her home. Thank you so much.
Paul Monks
Paul Monks
20 September 2023
My wife loved this place we got so close to the Alpacas, the meet and greet is brilliant, you get to feed and pet then a great experience.
Ben Carville
Ben Carville
19 September 2023
Absolutely brilliant. The hut is so cute and the setting is beautiful. Laura and Perry are also incredibly helpful.