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History of White House Farm
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White House Farm was part of the Boulge Hall Estate owned by the Fitzgerald family (In 1859 Edward Fitzgerald translated the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam from the original Persian).

Covering 115 acres of tenanted farmland, White House Farm was sold in 1927 to the Palmer family for just over £100. The farm remained in Tom Palmer's hands until 1992. Although originally farmed, the fields reverted to a state of natural regeneration from the 1950s onwards.

In 1992, the farm went to auction and Laurie Parker, a retired farmer from Malaysia, attended the preview as a way of spending an afternoon whilst on holiday. He recognised the orchids which were blooming in the fields and realised what a special place the farm was. Having overheard a conversation between local farmers who planned to buy the land, he realised that it would almost certainly be cleared and returned to arable production thus destroying much of the native flora and wildlife value of the farm. On the spur of the moment he decided to buy White House Farm.

For thirteen years Laurie and Liz Parker were the guardians of the farm, learning much from different conservation bodies. In 2005 Laurie decided to finally retire and he put White House Farm on the market. The Sinfield Nature Conservation Trust was the only conservation organisation which expressed an interest in purchasing the farm and Laurie sold the farm to the Trust.

Between August 2005 and January 2007 when the Parkers moved out of the farm house, Sinfield trustees spent much time with Laurie learning about the land through the seasons. After this learning period and with the help of Steve Aylward of the Suffolk Wildlife Trust, The Sinfield Trust created its management plan for White House Farm which has been registered as organic with The Soil Association since 2008.

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