Ian Waller is a first generation tenant farmer at Hampden Bottom Farm in the Chiltern Hills,
Buckinghamshire, covering 1200 acres. As well as growing milling wheat, oilseed rape and spring
beans, a small flock of Herdwick sheep graze the species rich chalk grassland. It has been a LEAF
Demonstration Farm since 2006.
Ian is committed to soil health and the role earthworms have in this. The farm stopped ploughing in
1998 and all crops are now direct drilled. Hampden Bottom Farm was additionally one of the first
(and largest) farms in the South East to be accepted into the HLS stewardship scheme and haven’t
used insecticides for 6 years.