Howard & Mark Batt
Buckman Green Farm
Admiral, Boadicea, First Gold, Goldings, Pioneer, Progress, Sovereign, Sussex, WGV
A 4th generation family farm, situated in the Weald of Kent near Smarden village, an area of outstanding natural beauty. The farm comprises of 100 acres split between hops and rotation crops grown predominantly on clay soil in the Beult basin.
The farm, originally part of the Cornwallis estate was farmed by Mark Batt on a tenancy basis from 1917 which comprised of only 3 acres of hops. The tenancy was passed to Mark’s son; Arnold who continued to expand the hop business and purchased the farm outright circa 1960 for the princely sum on £10,000. Stewardship was passed to Arnold’s son Howard in 1990 who continued to expand the hop business from 20 to 50 acres, investing in dwarf/hedgerow grown hops. In 2016, Howard’s son Mark started the Batt’s 4th generation on Buckman Green joining Howard and hopes to continue and modernise the hop enterprise.
Of the farm’s 50 acres of hops, approximately 50% are conventional and the remainder hedgerow and comprise of 11 different varieties of grade one hops to supply an international market. Howard and Mark have won numerous local and national awards for their hop harvest over the years and continue to focus on a quality driven market.