Farm News: Spring
It has been a funny start to the year for all of us with the very changeable weather, warm and wet interspersed with snow and freezing winds!! But of course farming life goes on and spring is a very busy and exciting time time in the farming year! Our sheep have all been scanned at the end of January so we can make sure that the pregnant ewes are getting the right nutrition according to how many lambs they are carrying. We are pleased to announce we are expecting just over 50 lambs from 28 ewes who are mostly in lamb to twins (thank goodness) with a few singles and triplets thrown in just to keep us on our toes! Lambing kicks off in force straight after the Easter weekend and we are expecting our sheep to lamb within a week so there may be the possibility of seeing a live birth if you come down to the farm the week after Easter… And possibly some very sleep deprived farm staff!
And of course it’s not just lambs, we will have other new arrivals too as we head into Spring, with the hatchery fully opened for you to meet the chicks by Easter weekend (the eggs are already in the incubator) and Tilly the Tamworth pig due a litter of piglets mid May, plus Bluebell our heifer kicking off the calving at the end of May with our other eight Red Poll cows due in June.
Easter weekend starts off our high season with lots of fun-filled activities for our visitors including chocolate making in our brand new group space and an Easter egg trail around the farm. The start of high season will also give our visitors a first sneak preview of some of the exciting new changes that have been happening here on the farm as part of the Field to Fork project. The mill and granary will be open for the first time in over 20 years and on certain days visitors will have the chance to meet some of our new farm ‘characters’ from the 1940’s such as Mr Wiglesworth, the Land Agent, and Albert Belsham, the Teamsman or maybe Nancy Pringle, the Land Army girl!
If you are confident, enthusiastic and enjoy speaking to people and/or interested in social history, farming, healthy eating and educating people about food and farming then we have some exciting new volunteering opportunities here at Tatton Park Farm! We are looking for people who can help us bring our Heritage Lottery funded ‘Field to Fork’ story to life through drama/interactive participative learning techniques and by offering an educational experience that is engaging and memorable for all those who participate in it. We are not only looking for actors who can channel one of our key characters (Aunt Mary in the cottage, the Teamsman, the Miller, the Land Army girl, the Land Agent) but also volunteers to offer guided tours and demonstrators to run the machinery in the mill and the steam engine etc. Please contact Eleanor.Edwards@cheshireeast.gov.uk for more details…
For further information and updates on all the goings on down on the farm, don’t forget to follow us on twitter! @tatton_park And check out our new farm Facebook Page for the Farm
Did you miss the ducklings first swim on facebook or did you want to watch the sheep racing again? Visit our Facebook videos page.
The Lamb is over for another season but you can watch last years highlights on YouTube here:
To check out our events at the Farm in 2015, please visit our events calendar.
Adopted Animal Updates
See how Prancer the Reindeer and Frosty the Donkey are getting on in our Adopt An Animal page.