Trevor (Wheeler) was born locally and in 1989 with his wife Sue, they added to their farm by purchasing an additional 35 hectare farm from Trevor’s Great Aunt, resulting in a farming area of 89 hectares. The farm house was totally un-modernised and Trevor, Sue and the children lived in a caravan for eighteen months while the house was renovated.
The Wheelers decided to go organic after Trevor suffered from the debilitating effects of organophosphate poisoning as a result of dipping the sheep. The farm began organic conversion in February 2001 and became fully organic in February 2003. The land leant itself well for organic management as Brynmawr had always been traditionally managed with little chemical or inorganic fertiliser inputs. Trevor' has since been joined on the farm by his son, Paul and these days the stock are all native conservation breeds and fed from corn grown on the farm.
The farm was accepted into the Higher Level Stewardship Scheme in 2006 and associated funding enabled Trevor to develop free farm tours for all age groups.
The most bio diverse areas were given wildlife site status by Shropshire Wildlife Trust and Trevor extended his commitments to wildlife through taking on the management of a further 80 hectares of the Rhos Fiddle Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).
Within the grounds of the farm a delapidated cottage was renovated both to provide alternative income and offer the opportunity for visitors to stay on the farm and enjoy the tranquility of the Clun valley- The eco cottage, powered from whatever nature can give and built from sustainable local or recycled materials. Dubbed the ‘Thinking’ cottage, it helps visitors to think and live sustainably.
Trevor was also the Farming Sustainable Business Champion for the Shropshire HIlls Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 2012.
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