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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. Coinciding with Butterfly Conservation’s Big Butterfly Count, join wildlife expert Dr Vince Lea and other CRT volunteers, by getting involved in butterfly activities and surveys across the farm. We will help you to identify each species and provide gardening tips to aid Butterflies and habitat creation. You will also be able to take part in other activities such as Bird Box making, Willow Basket weaving and others which will be confirmed shortly.

Following an afternoon embracing wildlife and getting a taste of conservation on Lark Rise Farm, we will be finishing off the day with a Hog roast (type of meat tbc!), locally made cider and other refreshments for the kids and the non-cider fans!

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

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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.

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 Event: A Dawn Chorus Blog

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A Dawn Chorus Blog by Sarah Stannage, CRT Director

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

On the Saturday 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 and lambs 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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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.

2017 also sees 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.

Please see a list of all CRT events which will be held this year, below:

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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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