Organic Farm Wedding Venue

The Organic Farm Shop Wedding Venue

The Organic Farm Shop
Abbey Home Farm
Burford Road
Cirencester
Gloucestershire
GL7 5HF

Contact: Hilary Chester-Master
Tel: 01285 664 441
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Categories: green-weddings , stag-and-hen-ideas and venues



What we do

We pride ourselves on being totally organic and ethical at this unique and beautiful wedding venue.

If you would like a blessing, why not gather in our magical stone circle, around the totem pole, or in a glade in the woods?

The Green Room, perfect for receptions, is a large tranquil space built using green oak from the farm. Sit on the south facing verandah sipping organic champagne and enjoy views of the kitchen garden which inspires our daily fresh menus.

Our chefs use seasonal, organic food from the garden and farm to create a mouth-watering wedding menu while their wealth of experience means that they are more than happy to meet special dietary needs.

We are informal but professional and look forward to working with you to make your day very special.

We even have a Greenfield campsite (with compost loos) for those of you who want to stay with us - whether on the big day or a week or two before as an alternative, relaxing stag or hen getaway. The yurts in the woods are a truly different accommodation for all your wedding guests, while the happy couple can steal away to our ‘hut', a secluded cosy romantic hideout in the woods. An old Cotswold stone cottage is furnished with old and reclaimed furniture fairly traded from India.

Hen & Stag dos with a difference

Not up for a night on the town? Chill out down on the farm with our fantastic hen and stag weekends.  Gather your favourite people and tuck into an organic BBQ on your first night. 

After sweet dreams in our yurts in the woods, wake up bright and not too early for back-to-nature activities such as egg collecting, milking the cows, and bushcraft.  We can even organise your very own Ready Steady Cook competition: we pick the ingredients, you pick your teams.  You cook, we judge, you eat!

Prices start from as little as £35 per head for a half day, depending on the activities you choose, and based on a minimum of 12 people.

Ethical action

We are a transition farm, working our way to becoming a truly sustainable farm producing food for the local community.

The Green Room is made from green oak grown and milled on the farm - no wood miles!

Low energy lighting is used throughout the building and there is plenty of natural light.

We have used only environmentally friendly paints. The whole building is heated by a fully automated woodchip boiler and wood burning stoves heat The Green Room and café spaces.

Everything is strictly organic and anything that comes to us is carefully checked and thought about to minimise our carbon footprint.

We have a small block printing workshop in India that makes all the fairly traded bed and table linen for the farm and for sale to the public, using organically grown cotton from small farmers in India and low impact dyes.

Awards & Recommendations

  • Soil Association Certification
  • Farma Environmental Award 2009
  • Soil Association Retailer of the Year Award 2000
  • Soil Association Producer of the Year Award 1999

A few ways we're trying to make a difference

Recycling

Recycles

Cardboard, pressed and recycled. Recycling bins for glass bottles, papers, cans, shoes and certain plastics. All raw waste food products go to the compost. Everything we have finished with on the farm we try to use again, for example, tomato tins are recycled for plant pots, mushroom crates are used to cover the squash plants against pigeon damage.


Renewable energy use

Uses renewable energy

Solar thermal for the café’s hot water supply. Wood chip boiler for heating throughout the building. Wood burners heat The Green Room and the café. Water butt for outside watering. Application for wind turbine in progress.


Reducing carbon footprint

Reducing carbon footprint

We have zero carbon heating. Food miles are drastically reduced when using ingredients from the farm – meat is exclusively from the farm, as is milk, cream, yoghurt, cheese and eggs. Vegetables, herbs and cut flowers in season from our own kitchen garden. Vegetables are produced on the farm for approximately 500 families per week. Employees & customers are encouraged to travel to the farm by bicycle. We also have a working horse for chain harrowing and timber extraction.


Water conservation

Water conservation

We have our own bore hole which supplies the water to the farm. We also have a large water butt.


Using organic products

Organic products

We are Soil Association Certified. The shop, café and whole farm is 100% organic.


Supporting local producers

Local products

The majority of food that is available in the UK we raise or produce and process on the farm. Our own wheat goes to a local bakery, Sunshine Bakery in Stroud who make all our bread.


Using cruelty-free products

Cruelty free

All our beauty and household products are environmentally friendly and cruelty free.


Supporting fair trade

Fair trade products

We have a very good selection of fair trade goods including a wide range of hand block printed soft furnishings, mainly bed and table linen from our own tiny workshop in Rajasthan, India where we have employed three people on a salary for the last 21 years, supporting them and their families in any way needed.


Supporting / working with a community / social project

Support a community or social project

Farm activity days for many groups in the community. School and college visits, local group visits, and free farm tours.


Vegetarian / vegan

Vegetarian / vegan

The venue is vegetarian with a vegan option during the week (Tues-Sat), but special requests for meat are an option for parties. We do cook our own farm meat for Sunday roasts.


Other things we do

We are a transition farm, working our way to becoming a truly sustainable farm producing food for the local community.