A collaboration of coast and countryside organisations on The Lizard Peninsula

Open farm on the LizardOpen Farm Sunday, promoted by LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming), is a national day of free visits and tours, giving the public the opportunity to find out more about British agriculture. Since the first Open Farm Sunday in 2006, over 1500 farmers across the UK have opened their gates and welcomed 1.8 million people onto their farm for one Sunday each year. 

Tregullas Farm in Lizard village is one of the many farms which participates, and this Lizard event goes from strength to strength, with over 1000 people visiting the farm in one afternoon in June 2017. Tregullas, the most southerly farm on the British mainland is farmed by Rona and Nevil Amiss and their family, who are tenants of the National Trust, and the Open Day is organised jointly.

Open farm on the Lizard Open farm on the Lizard

Farmer Nevil Amiss said “It has been a pleasure to welcome so many people to our farm, and to help them discover more about food and farming. We’re a mixed farm, with cattle, sheep, goats, poultry, corn and vegetables. The shearing demonstrations always draw a large crowd, and seeing the lambs and the chance to climb aboard a tractor are popular with families.”

Rachel Holder National Trust Ranger added “This is the fourth year that we have run this event jointly with our farm tenants the Amiss family, and it grows each year. We’re lucky to have the support of lots of other farmers locally, who bring along their tractors and farm produce, as well as rural crafts people, including bee keepers, wood turners and spinners and weavers. Combine that with lots of family activities like splat the rat, snail racing and archery, and it’s been a really fun afternoon down on the farm!”

Published: July 2017

Author: Rachel Holder (Area Ranger, The Lizard)

Photos  by Mark Hayhurst.