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Friends Open Day

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Are you a Friend of the CRT? If so, then we would like to invite you to attend a special Friends only Open Day at Pierrepont Farm, Surrey on Sunday 22nd October.

The day will start at 11am and will run until 3pm. Please bring suitable clothing and footwear as Pierrepont is a working farm and the weather is certainly on the turn! If using a satnav, the address for Pierrepont is ‘Pierrepont Farm, The Reeds Road, Frensham, Surrey, GU10 3BP.

If you have booked a place on the coach, it will be departing from Barton Recreation ground at 9am.

Pierrepont Farm was kindly gifted to the Countryside Restoration Trust in 2006 by Jo Baker and we are currently undertaking an extensive programme of restoration to the buildings whilst conserving the meadows, farmland and woodland areas and we would like to share this with you. Come and have a tour of the robotic milking machines in the dairy, listen to various talks about the CRT and Pierrepont Farm, accompany our wildlife experts on some tours of the meadows and then mingle with fellow friends over some refreshments.

Friends will also be invited behind the scenes of the Pierrepont Project and will learn about how we are managing the conversion of a collection of redundant farm buildings to create a mix of food, office studio and craft units. Pierrepont already has an exceptional reputation for supporting craft, food and drink entrepreneurs with Tenant Farmer Mike supplying rawmilk from a robotic dairy and Frensham Brewary reviving local craft beer production with an award winning micro-brewary, which will of course be open and serving beer to thirsty punters!

We will soon be writing to each of our Friends to personally invite them and a guest to attend this special event at one of the jewels in the CRT crown. Friends will be asked to RSVP, so that we can effectively manage the event and ensure everyone is catered for. If you cannot wait to receive your invitation, please register your interest here:

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2017 CRT Events

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Throughout the year the Countryside Restoration Trust are holding numerous events for both Friends and members of the public.

All of the events we hold are a great opportunity to showcase the fantastic work we do on each of our farms and demonstrate how farming with wildlife in mind is not only possible but the way forward. By opening our farms and inviting supporters to learn about the importance of the British Countryside, we aim to give our CRT Friends, supporters and visitors experiences that are emotionally rewarding, intellectually stimulating and inspirational.

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Pierrepont Open Farm Sunday Postponed

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We regret to announce that the Open Farm Sunday event which is due to be held at Pierrepont Farm on 11th June has been postponed.


Unfortunately, one of the farm’s much loved cows has registered a second inconclusive TB test result last week. This is an incredibly stressful time for tenant farmers, Mike and Bev Clear and our thoughts are with them.

As soon as we are able to confirm a revised date for Pierrepont’s open day, we will announce details on the website.

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Special CRT Friends Events

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A Dawn Chorus Blog by Sarah Stannage, CRT Director

When you join as a CRT Friend, you will receive invitations to free special CRT Friends events throughout the year. Here’s just a taste of what you could enjoy as a CRT Friend.

When my daughter Lottie (aged 5) and I decided to head out to the Countryside Restoration Trust (CRT’s) Twyford Farm in the Ashdown Forest we experienced something truly magical as part of International Dawn Chorus Day.

We stayed overnight at the Farm’s B&B run by CRT Tenant Farmers Liz and Bob Felton, who greeted us with a wonderful and warm welcome along with Bruce and Colin – the farm’s working sheep dogs who immediately became my daughter’s best friends. After breathing in the views from Bellflower Cottage and watching Bob feed the sheep we settled in for the night and set the alarm.

It’s 4.15am. We are awake, just. According to my weather App it’s quite a mild ten degrees centigrade outside so we’re dressed in our coats and wearing our wellies we meet up with Dr. Vince Lea, CRT’s Head of Wildlife and five other CRT Friends to hear the springtime twittering, tweeting and chirping of the wild birds. According to Vince the Dawn Chorus is all to do with territory and raising chicks. The male birds want to show off to any females in the area and warn their rivals by letting them know that they have found the best patch of delicious take-away food! Without a doubt singing is really hard work, so only the strongest males are the ones that can boast and sing the loudest. And it’s this that shows the females which male is best placed to feed hungry chicks!

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Lark Rise Discovery Day

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The CRT would like to invite you behind the scenes at Lark Rise Farm on Friday 4th August as part of National Countryside Week. The Lark Rise Discovery Day will focus very much on encouraging people to engage with the countryside and educating attendees on the importance of Wildlife Friendly farming.
Whether it rains or shines or whether the combine is still harvesting, there are lots of fun activities and demonstrations planned across the farm. Butterfly surveys and activities, build a butterfly biome, conservation activities and guided farm walks around our beautiful meadows. Meet the farmer, wildlife and conservation experts and hone your identification skills, everyone is welcome!

With an afternoon embracing wildlife and getting a taste of conservation on Lark Rise Farm, we’ve got “fast slow food” from Provenance Kitchen, our own BBQ, locally made cider and other refreshments for the kids and the non-cider fans!

Please note – The ground is very uneven in places. Come fair or shine the walks and activities are suitable for children aged 3+ (all children must be accompanied by an adult). The event will be held behind the site for the new HQ at 51 Wimpole Road BARTON, Cambridge. For car parking please follow signs once on Wimpole Road. For SAT NAV use CB23 7AG. For more information on Lark Rise and it’s location please click here.

Please bring binoculars & cameras and share images of the day on the CRT’s Facebook page.

 The event will be free of charge and will run from 11am until 6pm.

Lark Rise Farm in the village of Barton near Cambridge. There are good cycle paths from Cambridge and buses run regularly from the city centre and surrounding areas.

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Lark Rise Discovery Day will replace the previous Festivals of Farming Food and Wildlife, which were held on Bird’s Farm.

Turnastone Discovery Day

Turnastone Discovery Day

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The CRT would like to invite you to visit Turnastone Court Farm on Wednesday 2nd August for Turnastone Discovery Day.

As part of National Countryside Week’s celebration of family farms, join us for a day of guided walks around the beautiful Golden Valley in Herefordshire. Discover the restored sluice and Trench Royal and explore the archaeology of the beautiful 16th century farm whilst enjoying a guided walk around the farms nature rich meadows,by CRT wildlife expert, Viv Geen.

There will be two guided walks which will take approximately two hours and will leave at 11am and 2pm from the main farm. Booking is essential, so please ensure you book your place on either time slot by clicking here.

The event will be free of charge and refreshments will be available.

There is extremely limited parking at Turnastone, so there are only a limited number of spaces available on each walk. Please consider car sharing, cycling or public transport to get to the farm.

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Mayfields Discovery Day

Mayfields Discovery Day

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The CRT would like to invite you to visit Mayfields Farm on Saturday 5th August for Mayfields Discovery Day.

As part of National Countryside Week’s celebration of family farms, join us for a day of conservation and farming activities at Mayfields! Enter your four-legged friend into the dog show, take part in butterfly surveys and activities, talk to our experts about wildlife friendly farming and conservation, meet the farmer and her livestock and walk around the beautiful farm and its meadows. There will be plenty of fun, educational activities for the kids as well, such as taking part in a wildflower seedball workshop, pond dipping and much more.

The event will be free of charge and will run from 11am until 4pm. Refreshments will be available.

To register your interest in Mayfields Discovery Day, please fill in the form below:

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Mayfields Discovery Day will replace the previous Festival of Farming Food and Wildlife.

Margaret Wood

Margaret Wood Bluebell Day

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Join us on Saturday 13th May as we open the gates to the beautiful Margaret wood and invite you to experience the wonder of a woodland carpeted with Bluebells.

Walk amongst a sea of blue and experience the woodland coming to life with frogs swimming in the ponds and the sound of Warblers and Song Thrushes in the air.

This Bluebell Day is free of charge and limited refreshments will be available.

Friends of the CRT are invited to attend special guided walks through the woodland. Please register your interest here.

Margaret Wood consists of 32 acres of semi-ancient woodland and pasture on Gunthwaite Lane, Upper Denby, Yorkshire, HD8 8UL

The wood and pasture is a springtime wildlife haven with carpets of bluebells, great spotted woodpeckers amongst the trees and curlews on the meadows.

The Trust support group is running conservation and restoration programmes to manage and enhance the diversity of flora and fauna.

Twyford Bluebell Day

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7th May 2017, 11am-4pm
Twyford Farm, Birchgrove, Horsted Keynes, West Sussex, RH17 7DJ

Enjoy a celebration of the Twyford Bluebells; with local food and craft stalls, demonstrations and talks, guided walks. The Twyford Farm Bluebell Day is free of charge and is a great opportunity to get outdoors, embrace the great English summertime and keep the family entertained! Read More

CRT Events

2017 Events coming soon

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CRT events take place throughout the year across all of of our properties.

2017 will also see the relaunch of our Friends’ Events programme, which will include events such as a Lamb and Cowslip Walk with Robin Page, talks, wildlife walks and farming demonstrations.

Dates for all of our CRT events taking place in 2017 will be announced soon.

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