Ian has worked in Agriculture and Forestry since leaving school and is very much a practical person , he takes pride in his vegetable garden, despite the heavy clay soil, he built the hen and duck house himself.
As well as selling fire logs locally to residents in Petersfield and the surrounding area, he looks after the numerous animals we have.
Here are some of animals you may see when you visit Copper Beeches
Probably your first animal encounter will be with Oscar.
Oscar joined us at Copper Beeches at the end of April, 2010 as a puppy of 8 weeks.
We have had Weimaranas for over twenty years, our two previous dogs were rescued. Oscar is ten years old, having had him as a puppy he is used to different people coming and going, he loves everyone and hopes everyone will love him too.
We have an indoor cage if need be, should any guests be a little nervous about dogs.
He thoroughly enjoys his walks on the South Downs, Petersfield Heath and surrounding areas, he is well behaved with the livestock and is the most endearing four legged friend we have had. Oscar is our fifth Weimaraner.
Some of our favourites are the Saddleback pigs. During the Winter months we do not keep them, because of the ground conditions, we plan to get more Weaners come the Spring.
We have Hereford Cross cows which we bucket fed a few years ago. These have been crossed with a Hereford bull. Their offspring live on rented land or else graze on the South Downs for the Conservation Board or on our own land at North Marden. We may buy more Hereford/Guernsey calves which we will bucket feed at home again.
Our sheep are Rare Breed 'Dorset Down', at present we have a total of 20, including breeding, last years lambs as well as 10 lambs born this year.
Of course, we must not forget the various breeds of chicken and ducks which lay the free range eggs for the breakfast table.
Our Bed and Breakfast and Self Catering guests are welcome to visit our animals. In fact we encourage our Self Catering guests to save any suitable waste for our pigs and poultry.