An award-winning Wolds bakery and organic farm is holding another of its popular Open Days.
Carr House Farm shares its Foston-on-the-Wolds home with the Side Oven Bakery and numerous species of wildlife, including herons, barn owls, otters and water voles.
The Open Day takes place between 10am and 4pm on 23rd February and the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust will be conducting guided walks around the riverbank and the dykes on the farm looking at water voles, herons and other birds and wildlife. The walks start at 10.30am and 1.30pm and each one will take approximately two hours.
For those wanting a shorter walk, Carr House Farm’s two self guided farm nature trails will be open. The shorter one takes about 20 minutes and guides you through the trees around the home paddocks where you will be able to see bird and bat boxes – this trail is suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs.
The second trail takes approximately 40 minutes farm and takes you around part of the along the riverbank where you will see some winter crops, orchards and owl boxes, but includes some rough terrain that is unsuitable for pushchairs.
There will be milling demonstrations in the Mill House, educational information in the straw bale built Gingerbread Barn and home baked refreshments will also be available from the bakery team on your return.
Of the Open Day, Caroline Sellers said: “With the help of the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, we have been able to nurture the wildlife that our SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) location and organic farming methods afford us.
“We welcome people to come and visit the farm and the bakery to see how organic farming and food production not only results in tasty, wholesome food, but benefits the wildlife that surrounds us too. We do urge people to bring wellington boots, though as the farm is quite muddy at the moment.”
Throughout the day, Caroline and Tim Sellers will also be on hand to describe how they make traditional juices, cordials, breads and flour from ingredients that are grown organically on the family’s fifth generation farm and to explain what a difference organic makes to taste and the environment. For more information, please call 01262 488376 or visit www.sideoven.com. Entry is free, but donations can be made to the Country Trust if desired.
Carr House Farm is under a Higher Stewardship scheme that is administered by Natural England. Environmental Stewardship is an agri-environment scheme which provides support to farmers and other land managers in England who deliver effective environmental management on their land.