West Moss-side Organic farm is a very special place set in the stunning landscape of the Carse of Stirling and Flanders Moss National Nature Reserve yet close to cities of Stirling, Glasgow and Edinburgh. It has evolved over 15 years from a small organic farm growing hay and rearing Shetland cattle into a place which invites you in for a visit.
The original business plan was for a 10-year period. Yurts were novel then, and the simple nomad life appealed to lots of people. Occupancy levels have been excellent and the yurts have been well maintained and the platforms repaired and upgraded over time, but Scottish weather (even in the summer-time) can be challenging, and the recent Autumn storm flooding has taken out the bridge to the furthermost yurts.
I also fell sick at the beginning of 2023, and it was hard to know what the future would bring. Taking the year off helped me make a full recovery and gaining back pretty well all my energy since then has allowed us to have a rethink. So a decision was made and I have new ideas and dreams to follow.
Watch this space on Facebook and Instagram news and updates on the following:
Basketry – weaving with willow and natural materials;
West Moss-side Arts Collective – workshops and exhibitions;
The Farm and the National Nature Reserve – biodiversity, regenerative agriculture and my Shetland cattle.
West Moss-side also won a prestigious award in the Rare Breed Survival Trust Scotland, Food and Farming Awards – the RBST Sustainable Small Farm Award 2023. We will be building on this and continue marketing our rare breed organically reared Shetland Beef.
West Moss-side has continually evolved since 1998 from a small organic farm growing hay and rearing Shetland cattle into a place which invites you in for a visit.
A Meeting Place
Whether it is for a work, training, social or contemplative gathering, the beautifully and sensitive renovated hayloft offers a superb multi-use space.
Arts & Crafts
West Moss-side Farm has hosted a variety of contemporary and traditional arts & crafts workshops. Our programme is being currently reviewed and is expected to launch in 2019.
Flanders Moss Nature Reserve is a remnant of the ancient boglands that once stretched from Aberfoyle to beyond Stirling and home to many scarce plants, birds & insects.