A special event takes place on Sunday 2nd April at Collaton Down Farm near Blackawton, near Dartmouth in South Devon. The event from 2.00pm – 4.30pm includes a walk across mostly level fields. The farm walk will commence promptly at 2.15pm. The event is at the height of the lambing season so there will be plenty of young lambs to see and touch. Visitors may also be lucky enough to see some born.
Looking after the flock of 500 ewes takes a lot of hard work and planning. Farmer Phil Bond will explain what’s involved during the tour of the farm which has panoramic views of Dartmoor. The farm has recently undertaken work as part of the Catchment Sensitive Farming scheme to protect the Dart Estuary.
This farm visit is one of a series to raise awareness of the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and in particular to celebrate local farming and food production, educating children especially about farming and food production and the link with the landscape. Farmer Philip Bond said ” lambing time is extremely busy for the whole family working shifts to achieve the best outcomes. We look forward to welcoming the public to the farm on Lambing Sunday for them to find out more about what a typical sheep farmers day involves at lambing time and because children especially love to see and feed the lambs” .
AONB Communities Officer Nicky Bailey said “This event is always very popular with lots to see and do, lovely lambs, a farm walk, and delicious cakes.”
Afternoon tea (at nominal extra cost) will be available after the walk. Enquiries please telephone 01803 861384. Collaton Down Farm is off the A3122 Totnes-Dartmouth Road between Totnes Cross Filling Station and The Forces Cross, Postcode TQ9 7DW, No Dogs. Not suitable for pregnant women due to proximity of new-born lambs. Adults £4, Children £2