Saturday, 19 September, 2015
10:30 am - 3:15 pm
Pierrepont Farm is a working dairy farm of 204 acres with a herd of one hundred prize-winning Jersey cows, It is only open to the public on a few days a year and, for this event, we will be the only guests. We will start our day at 10.30am by welcoming you with a hot drink or squash & biscuits for children and meeting our guide for the day, Annika Rees (the Countryside Restoration Trust Education Officer). She will take us to visit the modern dairy building, opened in 2011, with robotic milking machines that allow the cows to turn up when they like – 24 hours a day – and milk themselves without any human presence (though a computer alerts the farmer if there is a problem). We will also meet and greet the calves that the farm has all year round.
After having enjoyed a picnic lunch (which you will need to bring for your own family) Pierrepont Farm’s outdoor classroom will be our base during the afternoon. From there, we’ll undertake various activities in Tankersford Wood, such as mini-beast hunting, wildlife tracking, and bird-feeder and bug hotel building. In the event of rain, a newly-constructed platform will allow us to become pond-dippers and to cast our nets without getting our feet wet and muddy. Successful dippers will then be able to examine their catches in the in-door education room located in the dairy building. Here you will also find many interactive displays for children (and adults!) to test your knowledge of food production and the environment. There will be plenty to keep us busy until 3.15pm when we’ll wash our hands and say goodbye to the cows and little calves.
The Countryside Restoration Trust is the UK’s leading charity promoting wildlife-friendly farming and campaigning for a living, working countryside. They believe that wildlife is integral to good farming. Their mission is to protect the farmed countryside, its wildlife, and the people with the knowledge and skills to look after it – and to communicate that together these represent a strategic resource vital for our future food security.
As we will be visiting a working farm, wellington boots or other stout shoes are a good option. Children will be more at ease with easy-going clothes. Obviously in the case of a rainy day waterproof clothing is a must.
Dogs are not allowed on the farm because they would make the cows stressed. All activities will happen around the farm courtyard, so pushchairs are not really needed, but everything is accessible to them.
The cost for the whole day will be £5.00 per member (adult or child) and £6.50 per non-member, which will include coffee/tea, squash and biscuits during morning, lunchtime and afternoon. Remember that you will need to bring your own picnic lunch.
Booking is essential. If you would like to join us, please complete and return the attached booking form to arrive at Warren Farm Barns before 10th September 2015.
Please include your email address or a stamped addressed envelope so you may be sent full details, directions and locations for the visit.
For further details and enquiries, contact us at [email protected] or on mobile 07530-949302.