This is an archived press release
Tuesday 27 May 2014
Hundreds of farmers across the country will be opening their gates to the public on Open Farm Sunday June 8 – and among them is Michael Longworth at historic North Lees Farm beneath the spectacular Stanage Edge, near Hathersage.
Michael and his partner Diane are the new tenants on the Peak District National Park Authority-owned farm and are keen to welcome families along to see the animals and get involved in activities.
The farm will be open from 10am to 5pm, with farm tours, sheepdog and horse-logging demonstrations, arts and craft activities led by the National Park's Learning and Discovery team and Ranger-guided walks.
Diane said: “We're ideally located, not far from urban areas, so that people who may never have experienced a farm can come out and see what we do. The day is for everyone, not just families with children, and we'd love to introduce people to some of our animals including Swaledale and Herdwick sheep, Highland cows, chickens and ducks.
“It's also the perfect time of year to meet some newly-hatched chicks, ducklings and this year's lambs.
“Michael will explain our work on the farm and our collie Lynn will demonstrate her sheepdog skills. People can also see horse logging with Keiran and Kevin and their horse Casey.
“We’ll also be offering fresh farmhouse baking, teas and coffees in the garden overlooked by the iconic North Lees Hall, which featured in Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre.”
Entry is free, but there will be a small charge for the optional activities provided by the National Park team.
The postcode is S32 1BR but as parking is limited people are advised to use nearby Hollin Bank pay-and-display car park below Stanage Edge (grid ref SK2373 8375) and follow the signs down through the woods to the farm.
Other farms taking part in Open Farm Sunday include Thorpe Farm, near Hathersage – home of the famous Hope Valley Ice Cream which holds the Peak District Environmental Quality Mark. Here people can enjoy tractor and trailer rides and take part in a pollinator survey – as well as enjoy the ice cream.
Open Farm Sunday is organised by LEAF (Linking Environnment And Farming). To find a farm near you, go to www.farmsunday.org.