25th August 2021, 12:00 - 16:30
Our visit will start at Cross Farm Barns in Shackleford where we will meet for a picnic lunch looking out over the beautiful arable countryside that forms part of Lydling Farm (in a converted barn if wet). Angus Stovold will tell us all about the Rosemount Herd which grazes the adjacent meadows. We will then take a guided walk with Angus and his farm manager to hear about their work on the Farm, passing through part of the old farmyard, some of which is reputed to have been designed by Edward Lutyens and has now been sensitively converted to residential accommodation.
When assessing any job Angus’s first consideration is the effect on wildlife and the impact on the local ecology. He has concentrated on improving the habitats and food source for birds aiming to help a broad spectrum of wildlife as well as fauna and flora. Many areas have been left to naturally regenerate, all hedgerows are cut on a 3 yearly basis to help food sources during the winter. There are 6 metre margins around all the arable fields. This approach has been hugely successful in creating wildlife havens and biodiversity corridors. Much of the work is done in consultation with the British Ornithological Trust and in recent years this very special area has seen a revitalisation of nature that fully rewards the enlightened methods that Angus has adopted. Species that are flourishing include skylarks, grey legged partridge and golden plover. Angus will tell us all about his approach and the success of what might be seen as a model farm for the 21st Century.
We will enjoy a homemade tea in the fields or in the shelter of a barn depending on the weather and walk back to our starting point. The walk is substantially flat along farm tracks and one short stretch of a quiet country lane and will be no more than a mile in total. If it has been raining, appropriate footwear is strongly recommended.
This event is suitable for children. Please note that if you are bringing a pushchair, this needs to be of a sort that can negotiate unmade up paths. Members with mobility challenges should note that there will be some walking over rough tracks
Due to all the animals on the farm, no dogs are allowed.
The cost which includes a picnic lunch and homemade tea will be £25 for Members and £35 for Non-members. Catering for the day will be provided by Old Kiln Cafe, Rural Life Centre, Tilford and if you have any special dietary requirements please let us know in the comments box.
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