Sacrewell Farm’s New Mascot

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A farm near Peterborough has a new mascot, thanks to the creative talents of its young visitors.

Over half-term, children visiting the farm were asked to design a new mascot for the farm which will then be developed to become to farm’s new children’s mascot when it rebrands in the summer.

With more than 100 entries it was difficult decision, but in the end it was a colourful peacock that came out tops.

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The mascot was designed by six-year-old Mia Barham from Market Deeping who visits the farm regularly with her family.

Mia said: “I chose to draw a peacock because one let me stroke it once and they are my favourite animals ever.”

Mum, Kate, added: “They are the first thing she looks for when she comes into the farm.

“She has always loved drawing. She drew her first picture before she was two and it was a smiley face with arms and legs. I still have it on the fridge.”

Mia is a pupil at Linchfield Primary School in Deeping St James and was at school when she found out she had won. Her prize was a family annual pass to the farm so that she can see her mascot as it is developed by a professional graphic designer.

She said: “I was very excited. I went and told my teacher straight away. I thought I could come and see a peacocks anytime now.”

When the mascot has been developed, he will appear on all children’s interpretation boards at the farm. The farm is rebranding as part of its Heritage Lottery Funded Watermill Project.

Marketing and communications executive Megan Horner said: “We were delighted with Mia’s entry and can’t wait to see how her peacock is developed.

“We had a lot of votes for peacocks. We have six male birds here at the farm and they are definitely one of our most popular animals. Thank you to everyone who entered.”

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Record Breaking Easter at Sacrewell Farm

Staff at Sacrewell Farm near Wansford are wiping the sweat from their brows as they celebrate a record-breaking Easter.

The farm, which opened its new play barn on April 5th, has had more than 13,000 people through its doors in the last fortnight, making it the busiest Easter on record.

Marketing and communications officer Megan Horner said: “We are astounded at the number of people who have come to visit us this Easter and enjoy the Big Bunny Hunt and the new play barn.

“As it is our 50th anniversary as a charity it means even more to us that people are coming and supporting us this year. The play barn is just the beginning of the exciting things we have planned for this year.”

The farm has also welcomed a litter of extremely rare breed piglets to its attractions. Ada, their British Lop sow gave birth to 12 adorable piglets last month and all are doing well.

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(Picture courtesy of Sacrewell Farm)

To top off the good news, a Soay lamb was born on Easter Sunday, bringing the farm’s lambing season to a close. The lamb has been named Skye after the region of Scotland the sheep originate from.

Miss Horner added: “It has been yet another successful year for rare breeds at Sacrewell. We have had a mix of 21 Lincoln Longwool and Jacob lambs born. Skye brings our total to 22.

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our visitors who continue to support us as an educational charity and who take an interest in British farming.”

The next big event at the farm is the 1960s Spring Fair on May 4th and 5th which will celebrate 50 years of the William Scott Abbott Trust and feature May pole dancing, Morris Men, local ales, farm activities and even a bucking sheep.

For information visit http://www.sacrewell.org.uk

Rambles create new insight into Sacrewell

For those of you who like to ramble (walking not talking) Sacrewell Farm have launched two new routes around the site. The routes are designed for people who want to get out on the Farm and explore but don’t necessarily want to pay Farm entry.

Below is more details.

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Sacrewell Farm, in association with Riverford Organic and Natural England, have launched two new ramble routes around the 550-acre site.

Starting from the Farm Centre, the two-mile and one-mile walks take you around the farmland which is leased by the William Scott Abbott Trust to Riverford Organic to grow their vegetables.

Ramblers will be able to view a number of the fields farmed on the site, as well as taking in the Riverford offices and the abundance of wildlife around the Farm.

Marketing and Communications Officer Megan Horner says the rambles will open up parts of the Farm never seen by visitors before.

She added: “We have been running tractor rides in association with Riverford for years and they are very popular with our visitors who want to know more about the farming side of things here.

“The rambles will give them an opportunity to explore on foot thanks to permissive access given by the Trust by working alongside Riverford.”

The routes have been created using a £1,000 Community Leadership Grant from Peterborough City Council. The money has been used to create posts to guide people around the Farm and will also be used to create interpretation boards so that ramblers can learn about the land they are walking on.

Miss Horner added: “The history of the Farm is fascinating and the ever changing landscape will keep people coming back season after season to see what has changed. What may be a field of cabbages one year could easily be filled with sheep the following.”

Ramble maps are free and can be picked up from Reception at Sacrewell Farm and will guide you around the two routes. Free parking is available and there is no charge to take part. Sensible footwear must be worn at all times and the Farm will not be held liable for any damage.

For more information about activities at Sacrewell please vsisit www.sacrewell.org.uk

March Events at Sacrewell Farm

Sacrewell Farm is always a popular place to visit in Peterborough.

To celebrate their 50th year they have lots of events scheduled, I received a press release for March which also includes the lambing season, which is always worth a visit.

I am also pleased to add the Mumsnet Peterborough site will be running a competition to win a Family ticket for the Lambing Event! Check out the site for details. http://local.mumsnet.com/peterborough

(All pictures courtesy of Sacrewell Farm)

Spring is stirring at Sacrewell

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What is the first sign of spring? Pancakes of course!

At Sacrewell Farm near Wansford we will be putting on a host of great pancake themed fun and games on March 2nd from 9.30am – 5pm to celebrate Pancake Day. Come and have a go at our Pancake Trail or challenge your friends to a relay in our brilliant pancake race! Will you be able to tackle the obstacles put in place while wearing some wacky outfits?

March is also set to be one filled with new arrivals. We are expecting some very exciting baby animals, including additions our rare breed sheep flocks, some fluffy chicks and a litter of British Lop piglets.

If you visit the Farm after March 8th there may be a chance for you to feed one of our orphaned cade lambs which are rescued by staff at the Farm each year and hand raised. The lambs will be given names popular in 1964 this year to celebrate the William Scott Abbott Trust’s 50th anniversary.

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Marketing and Communications Officer Megan Horner said: “We cannot wait for lambing to start in March. For us it symbolises the end of a very wet winter and we are hoping the sun will come out for us!

“Lambing is by far our most popular event of the year-especially with schools. We are really looking forward to welcoming everyone to Sacrewell to tell them all about the exciting plans we have in store this year.”

Lambing will run at Sacrewell from March 8th – April 27th so there is plenty of time to visit the new arrivals. The piglets are due later in March and our Hatchery will be booming with chicks.

On Mother’s Day (March 30th) Mums and Grandmothers can get into the Farm for free! So there’s no excuse not to visit some of our resident mothers with their new arrivals.

Visitors to the Farm will also be able to see the plans for the new play barn which is due to open at Easter. It will be filled with brand new farm themed play equipment for children aged from babies to teenagers!

The Farm is open daily from 9.30am – 5pm. For more information about events please visit www.sacrewell.org.uk or call 01780 782254

Sacrewell Farm celebrates 50 successful years.

There can’t be many of us who haven’t taken a trip to Sacrewell Farm at some point! I didn’t realise they had been around for 50 years though, please see below for a press release sent about the celebrations.

In January 1964, the widow of a farmer near Peterborough created a legacy for her late husband by forming a trust in his memory.

Fifty years later The William Scott Abbott Trust is still going strong at Sacrewell Farm near Wansford. The ideology of the Trust and all it stands for is an agricultural education for all.

Although William Scott Abbott and his wife Mary would not recognise parts of the Farm as it stands today the educational values they were so desperate to achieve are still very much alive.

Marketing and Communications Officer at the Trust, Megan Horner said: “William and Mary had no children and their views on farming were thought to be very radical at the time! William had a background in engineering and spent some time in America where he learned about the farming methods they used and brought them back to the UK.

“When the Trust was formed 50 years ago the aim was to teach people about agriculture, food and farming by giving them hands on experience. People would come to the Farm to watch and observe the farmers as they worked.”

In 1958, the year before his death, William wrote: “I have always had in mind the creation of a sound, practical, enterprise, preserving what is best in our country way of life, and based on sound, practical farming, as all country life must be.

“At the same time it has been my endeavour to preserve and enhance the beauty of the country-side by the erection of appropriate buildings, also by the planting of trees, in this way integrating forestry on a small scale with the general farming policy.”

In 1982, William’s nephew David Powell, who was managing the Farm at the time, made the decision to create a visitor centre at Sacrewell. It was the first step in creating the farm centre at it is known today.

The farm land was leased to other companies so that the Trust could focus on running the centre and creating an educational facility in the surrounding Cambridgeshire countryside. The Farm currently welcomes about 8,000 school children each year who come to see the animals and learn about farming.

Miss Horner said: “Now more than ever it is important that children learn where their food comes from. It constantly amazes us how few children know how their baked beans, chips and sausages are made!

“Our land is currently leased out to Riverford Organic who work with us to provide tours of the Farm so that our visitors know what is growing in each field. Next month we will be launching two ramble routes so that visitors can explore the Farm on foot for free!”

The Trust is very proud to have also worked alongside PGRO (Processors and Growers Research Organisation) since 1967 when they first moved to Sacrewell for research purposes.

Now, in 2014, the farm centre is once again undergoing a transformation. To mark the 50th anniversary and the beginning of the £1.7m Watermill Project the farm centre is rebranding as Sacrewell Farm and Watermill.

The Trust is also investing more than £100,000 in upgrading its Activity Barn and its small animal village to create even more provision for families when they visit the Farm.

Miss Horner says regular visitors to the Farm will start to see changes taking place almost immediately. She added: “It’s something that all the staff and volunteers at the Farm are excited about and we are really looking forward to seeing what the next 12 months have in store.

“All money raised from people visiting the Farm goes into the Trust funds and we are now investing the money back into the Farm by upgrading the wonderful facilities we already have on site.

“As part of the Watermill Project we will be recruiting more volunteers to assist in bringing the history of the site to life-right back to the Romans who first lived on the land!”

A Watermill is first recorded at Sacrewell in the Domesday Book. The current Watermill was built in 1755 and although it is still working, will soon fall to disrepair without the help of the Heritage Lottery Fund financed Watermill Project. During the Second World War the land was tended by the Land Army Girls who inspired the 1940s themed Mill House on site.

The Farm has also revamped its events programme to celebrate its 50th anniversary to include a Spring Fair on May 4th and 5th which will celebrate the rich history of the Farm and the surrounding countryside.

For more information about what’s on at Sacrewell this year please visit http://www.sacrewell.org.uk