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The Matthews family has been farming in Surrey since 1935 when they moved here from a dairy farm in Kent. At that time the family had one landlord and a tenancy of 381 acres. 

Laurence and Paula Matthews have 3 sons who all show an interest in farming and diversification. 

Christopher is passionate about farming and bought his own flock of Hampshire Down sheep when he was 13 years old; he's taken part in ploughing matches with a classic Massey Ferguson 135, but is now more at home driving the larger farm kit at every opportunity, following in the footsteps of the previous three generations, but in a brave new world!

Edward and George have helped out in holidays and may well later, bring their knowledge of Economics and Finance and Biochemistry to the family business.

Laurence began a major restructuring of the farm business in 1989, rationalising the farm and updating equipment.

The farm now extends to approximately 3,000 acres of owned and tenanted land with four full time employees.

Laurence has been representing Surrey members of the National Farmers Union (NFU) on South East Region, Combinable Crops Board since 2003 and was the Board's first Chairman; a position he held for 11 years. He has also been the Surrey County Delegate for the NFU Council since 2011. These positions are held by working farmers representing the Agricultural industry, lobbying and advising on Agricultural affairs and representing NFU members' interests.

Laurence has sat on the Red Tractor Combinable Crops and Sugar Beet Board since 2006 and became Chairman of the Board in 2014.

He is on the council of the Surrey County Agricultural Society and has been a Steward since 1978. 


Laurence is now Head Beef Steward, helping the Society to run the Surrey County Show and the Surrey County ploughing match.

Paula trained in Countryside Recreation, habitat management such as heathland, chalk downland and woodland, tree planting and hedge laying; working as a countryside ranger and warden for local authority and the National Trust. She worked for a company training young people in rural skills and conservation in preparation for the work-place and as a district and senior Rights of Way Officer. For ten years Paula was a director of Countryside Venture a National charity which provided bursaries for training courses in practical rural skills.

Laurence and Paula draw together a breadth of experience and skills in farming and countryside conservation as a core to integrated farm management.

In 2007 they established a framework for educational visits, having achieved full accreditation for Manor Farm to host school visits through Countryside Educational Visits Accreditation Scheme (CEVAS).  Paula organises educational schools visits to Manor Farm for local and inner city schools, with hundreds of children visiting the busy working farm without charge.

Manor Farm has been awarded the Quality badge by the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom.

Contact us to buy delicious, naturally reared, grassfed, Manor Farm Belted Galloway beef direct from the farm.

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