from the Salt Marshes
The Gower Peninsular lies to the west of Swansea, jutting out into the Bristol Channel.
As Britain’s very first ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’, its southern coastline is a well-known tourist area, renowned for its sandy beaches and beautiful rocky coves. Not so well known are its northern shores, which consist of a large salt marsh covering about 4000 acres of land within the Burry Estuary.
The sheep graze on this tidal marsh and gain their main nourishment from this unique pasture, which consists of saltmarsh grasses, samphire, sorrel, sea lavender and thrift.
The unique environment where the sheep graze gives the meat its distinctive and very special flavour that is so sought after, by connoisseurs of fine meat and is applauded by top chefs and restaurateurs alike.
All Gower Salt Marsh Lamb is fully traceable and are born on the farms where they live and spend most of their lives grazing the salt marsh.
This marsh contains a natural abundance of Samphire, Sorrel, Sea lavender and Thrift, not only a tremendous source of nourishment but delicious on its own, Samphire is available when in season from the Castle farm shop.
We can hardly believe the journey we have been on over the last 10 years.
In 2004, having grazed herds on the salt marshes for many years, Rowland and Colin took the leap and started marketing and selling their Lamb as 'Gower Salt Marsh Lamb'
We acquired a trailer and 2 fridges and made a start with John butchering the Lambs, whilst Rowland hand writes the labels and ties the bags. We will always look back at 2004 with fondness and wonder at how we managed it.
Since then, as the awards have been received with pride, and thousands of people introduced to the unique Salt Marsh Lamb flavour, we have left the trailer for a renovated farm building specifically designed for the butchery of our Lamb at Weobley Castle.
We now have 2 vacuum packing machine and a label printer, thankfully saving some of the work load. With 2 walk in fridges and a display fridge helping us go through hundreds of Lambs every season.
We have come a long way, and are still motivated to providing genuine award winning Gower Salt Marsh Lamb.