The first record of Slamseys Farm appears in the Domesday Book, where it’s listed as Slamondesheia, the name thought to originate from the Old English meaning enclosure of the sloe tree hill. The hedgerows around the farm still contain plenty of sloe bearing blackthorn along with a rich mixture of other plants and trees that provide a good habitat for wildlife.
At the end of the 19th century, like many other enterprising Devon farmers, the Wheaton family moved to Essex and progressed from farm to farm until Phil Wheaton settled at Slamseys in 1967. The farm is now farmed by Phil’s son Bill and grandson Jack.
In the 1970s, Phil Wheaton started to sell a few Christmas trees from the back door of the farmhouse. Twenty years later, Bill expanded the business, moving the operation under cover in The Christmas Tree Barn and more recently, Jack has planted thousands of Christmas trees on the farm to ensure we have a good supply of quality trees for the coming years.
Slamseys Farm is one of the commercial arable farms managed by the family company P H Wheaton & Co (Farms) Ltd.
Our main crops are wheat, barley, borage and beans that provide food for people and animals. We use modern technology to maximise production and protect the environment.
We also grow Christmas trees to sell in December.