David and Catherine James’ cider orchards are carefully managed to produce a range of cider apples for Bulmers and Gaymers for their premium brands, some of which will be available for tasting. In a happily synergistic relationship with a local beekeeper, the trees are pollinated by bees, the nectar making delicious honey. Look inside the beehives and learn how bees make honey and store it for the winter.
Visit Andrew and Rachel Giles’ farm to see how their herd of dairy cows produce most of their milk from grass. Visitors can enter the milking parlour and help to milk some of the cows, as well as see the young calves. Learn how the cows are fed and find out how their four stomachs enable them to digest grass. Samples of dairy products will be provided for tasting and a cheese maker will demonstrate their craft. A minimum age of eight years is required to take part in this walk.
Charlie and David Blandford’s farm lies alongside the River Wye, in the heart of Kilvert country, and produces top quality lamb and arable crops. Our visit includes a walk of up to a mile followed by demonstrations of working sheep-dogs, sheep shearing and wool spinning. There will also be the opportunity to taste lamb that has been produced on the farm.
Come and join us for a day’s inspiration walking in the National Park with the award-winning author of Running for the Hills, A Single Swallow and Orison for a Curlew. Horatio will discuss response to nature and the landscape and develop ideas formed on his epic Slow Radio walk in the Black Mountains, which will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Bank Holiday Monday, 2-6pm.
This event has taken place
in association with The National Trust and The Wainwright Book Prize