Overview: Heathlands Farm is the ´home´ farm of HHP. Mark and Mary Hall have been farming on Heathlands Farm since 1966. Historically, the farm produced vegetables for the London markets but it is now fully dedicated to the production of strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and blueberries. The farm is also HHP´s administrative centre and houses the workshops and the transport office.
Size: 196 acres
Wild life on Heathlands Farm: We are committed to the nurturing of wild life in and around the farm. Within the farm boundaries we have deer and rabbits living in a friendly environment.
Work at Heathlands:
We grow a large selection of soft fruits: strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries.
Type of work:
Planting, husbandry work, picking and packing. The vast majority of the crop is protected by poly tunnels. These offer a better environment for plants to grow and also for our pickers as they protect them from rain.
Part of our strawberry crop is on table tops. This means that the plants are 1.4 meters above the ground, offering an easier way of picking the fruits.
Our packhouse is the largest in the Hall Hunter Group, hiring more than 100 workers in the season.
Wireless internet connection: Keep yourself up-to-date with news, speak with your family and friends. Connect your laptop or phone to the network and start chatting.
Tennis court and football pitch: If you enjoy playing sports then these two facilities should offer you moments of relaxation.
Closest Town: The farm is 2 miles south of Wokingham, Berkshire. This is also where much of the propagation of new plants for the following years crops is carried out.
Other towns nearby include Reading and Bracknell.
Reading is a large town and University Centre, situated roughly 15 km from Heathlands. Here you can find shops, entertainment facilities, a football stadium, natural parks and much much more. http://www.reading-guide.co.uk/
Bracknell is about 9 km away from us and here you can find all the facilities that are offered by a large town including an Aqua park, cinema, bowling and a sport and leisure centre. http://www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk/coralreef
Information about Wokingham http://wokingham-tc.gov.uk/
Situated 4 km from us you will find Wellingtonia Ave, a street with 100 "Sequoiadendron giganteum" trees, planted in 1863. A natural beauty.
Only 20 km from our farm is Thorpe Park http://www.thorpepark.com/ This is one of the largest theme parks in the UK. Visit it and have some great fun!
Windsor Castle is also situated 23km away.
It is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world. http://www.royalcollection.org.uk/default.asp?action=article&ID=34.
LONDON is just one hour by train from Wokingham station. If you come to work in the UK, it`s a good opportunity to visit the capital city. Don`t miss it! http://www.visitlondon.com/
If you would like to explore the place where our farm is located, please visit Google maps, rg40 3bg, select More and Street view.
How to get to the farm:
From Luton airport:
1) Take the bus from Luton airport to Victoria coach station (£14) http://www.londontoolkit.com/travel/luton_bus.htm
2) From Victoria train station take the train to Wokingham (£12.4) http://www.southwesttrains.co.uk/plan-your-journey.aspx
3) From Wokingham take a taxi to Heathlands Farm (£7)
From Heathrow airport:
1) Take the train from Heathrow airport to Reading (£16) http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/
2) From Reading take the train to Wokingham (£2.80) http://www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk/Default.aspx
3) From wokingham take a taxi to Heathlands Farm (£7)
Here is a review from one of our workers.
Marian Sprinceana - Heathlands Farm, Picker
I came to the UK for the first time in 2010 with the SAWS program (Concordia) and I worked as a picker for Heathlands Farm. My first two weeks were very difficult because I've never worked in agriculture before. After a short period of time I started to enjoy the work and to earn good money. It is hard work, but if you like to work and want to earn money, here is the place to come.
I had days when I earned up to £80/day and other pickers, more experienced than me, could earn £110/day. There were also days where there was not as much work, when I earned £20/day, but over all from 31 May 2010- to 24 Oct 2010 I earned in total £5679. From this amount I paid £610 in Tax (money that can be claimed next year) and £370 for National Insurance. I also paid £630 for the accommodation.
So in less than 5 month I was able to save more than £3500.
In conclusion I was happy to work for Heathlands farm, and I want to come back next year, when, having experience I know I`ll earn more money.