Amanda, Chris and Denise are the Peelham Farm business partners. They have been in partnership since 1990. Joining Amanda Cayley gave Chris and Denise Walton a chance to realise their dream to farm in their own right (Chris had previously worked on farms since his early teens while Denise had undertaken many a habitat and ecological assessment and restoration trekking miles of the countryside in doing so). Joining Chris and Denise gave Amanda the chance to sit-back and relax - or at least that was the plan......you will never catch Amanda 'sitting-back' other than during Cheltenham Racing Week or Wimbledon (and a few sporting fixtures in-between) ! Amanda had farmed for 30 years in Co Kilkenny in the Republic of Ireland and has a great eye for livestock, great wisdom and a wonderful laugh !
The partnership have brought a creative vision to farming, loving and trusting Peelham; with their respective backgrounds in Landscape Ecology and Agricultural Economics Denise and Chris came with new ideas and methods, and together with Amanda and her wisdom the partnership have an energy to realise the opportunities in these ideas. Chris is managing partner with responsibility for the farm and Denise is managing partner responsible for the butchery and food. In practice there is alot of overlap between the farm and the butchery with the partners sharing jobs and challenges and solutions and many-a-laugh (and the odd cry !!)