Manager Jayne's quarter of a century down on Home Farm
A lot has happened down on Tatton Park’s Home Farm
in the past 25 years due in part to the passion and commitment farm manager Jayne Chapman has invested in her inspiring workplace.
Home Farm has been open to the public for over 30 years and since Jayne joined in 1989 it has seen the number of visitors grow to almost100,000 a year with recent investment as part of the Tatton vision. It remains the farm it was in the 1930s when in its heyday it was the power house of the Egerton Tatton estate feeding family, guests and staff as well as servicing the park.
A graduate of Reaseheath agricultural college, 49 year old Jayne’s first job at the farm was milking in the shippon as a farm ranger. She’s lucky to live on the Tatton estate so it’s a short bike ride to her place of work and very convenient during the lambing season!
Over the past 25 years the farm has been home to thousands of births - over 800 piglets, 1,000 lambs, 100 calves. Many of these have been rare breeds which the farm works hard to protect. Jayne’s favourite breeds are the magnificent Shire and Clydesdales of which the farm has produced 6 precious foals. For Jayne “new life never ceases to amaze me. Seeing a newly born calve’s first attempt to stand or.a litter of piglets all contentedly suckling while Mum grunts her approval is priceless”.
Chatting to Jayne it’s clear that no farming year has been the same, each presenting her with fantastic opportunities and making many memories. She has represented the farm in meeting a number of royals over the years the highlight of which has to be introducing the farm’s beloved Clydesdale horse Ceaser to the queen during her Golden Jubilee celebrations in 2002.
Other highlights for Jayne include the success in developing the farm to give visitors an even better experience. As part of the Tatton vision the farm has seen investment over the past 2 years including the introduction of a woodland playtrail, a woodland story telling area, a themed maize maze and the chance to build your own den. Further investment is planned under the Tatton Vision.
Jayne added “what you can’t beat though is seeing a farm full of interested and happy families meeting our lovely animals and leaving a little wiser about farming life with a smile on their face – that’s one of the reasons we come to work!”.
Over the years Jayne has developed a fascinating programme of events at the farm all celebrating the farming year and the heritage. Her personal favourites are Harvest Festival in September, when we have a chance to say thanks for all the new arrivals and crops and the annual Fun Dog Show. It’s one of the farm’s most popular events whose entries have increased from 70 to 500 since the first show 19 years ago.
In a tenure such as Jayne’s there have been more challenging moments. The foot and mouth outbreak in 2001 saw the 3 month closure of the farm. It is always a sad time when the farm loses one of its farm yard friends.
Through most of the 25 years Jayne has had her faithful collie by her side – Raff for 10 years and now 11 years with Kippie the Collie. She has had a fantastic farm team and many volunteers to make the farm what it is today. She has had a great impact on the local and farming community and has had made a significant contribution to the aims of the Rare Breeds Survival Trust
Ruth Dalton (Rare Breeds Survival Trust Field Officer North) commented "Jayne's enthusiasm for rare breeds and the fantastic team she has at the farm have built up a close working relationship between RBST and Tatton Home Farm - in the last year this has resulted in us loaning Tatton one of our rarest cattle, a Northern Dairy Shorthorn heifer, and a flock of Whitefaced Woodland sheep which are due to lamb for the first time this Spring"
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Home Farm opening times and prices
The farm is open in low season until March 28 weekends and school holidays from 11am-4pm (last entry 3pm). In high season (29 Mar to 26 Oct) the farm is open Tuesday to Sunday from noon-5pm (last entry 4pm).
Prices for single attraction entry: adult £6, child £4 (aged 4 to 15 years of age), family £16 (two adults and up to three children).
Totally Tatton Ticket(entry to three attractions: mansion, gardens and farm): Adult £11, child (aged 4 to 15) £5.50, family (two adults and up to three children) £27.50.
National Trust members pay 50 per cent entry to the farm. Park entry charge of £5 per car applies to all.
Please visit our website http://www.tattonpark.org.uk/ or call 01625 374400 for more information.
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Tatton Park is managed and financed by Cheshire East Council on behalf of the National Trust.
This impressive historic estate receives in the region of 800,000 visitors every year all of whom come to enjoy its Georgian mansion, Tudor Old Hall, award- winning gardens and 1930s rare breeds farm. The 1,000-acre deer park is home to red and fallow deer and the estate also boasts speciality shops, adventure playground, restaurant, a new Gardener’s Cottage tea room and year-round events programme.
The Tatton Park Vision
The `Tatton Park Vision’ is the park’s 5 year vision for its visitor activities and aims to substantially develop its visitor experience by increasing the attractions and activities on offer. In delivering the vision the aim is to fully realise Tatton Park’s potential and present the best possible experience for its current and new visitors in order to provide new and sustainable income to help manage and conserve the historic estate into the future. By 2016/17 it is expected that over 1 million visitors a year will enjoy this experience. This will be done through a programme of investment by Cheshire East Council and the attraction of new business. For more information about the vision visit
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