More than 250 people from Somerset visited our Christmas tree farm last Sunday (June 10, 2018) and helped raise £350 for our charity of the year as part of Open Farm Sunday.
We took part in the event, which is the farming industry’s national open day, on Sunday, June 10 for the second time and fundraised for Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW). The event was a huge success.
During the day, people could walk our Christmas tree plantations and see the trees mid growth when they are a pale green colour. Visitors could also stroll through our woods and bring a picnic to enjoy by our lakes.
We also held a range of activities to entertain children such as creating a Christmas bauble and taking part in a treasure hunt around the plantation. To add to this, we also hosted a Craft Fayre and 20 local crafters attended and each donated a prize to our raffle in aid of our Charity of the Year, CHSW.
We would like to say ‘thank you’ to Jackie White Catering, who donated homemade cakes to our refreshment stand and the Wellington Friends Group of CHSW for helping with the refreshments and the raffle. The fundraisers raised a staggering £350 for the charity so thanks to everyone who donated to such a worthy cause.
Our team were also on hand during the day to answer any questions people had about the plantation.
Our Open Farm Sunday event was a fantastic opportunity for everyone, young and old, to discover first-hand what it takes to run our Christmas tree farm. We can’t wait to take part again next year.
Open Farm Sunday, managed by LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming), is one of the farming industry’s biggest success stories. Since the first Open Farm Sunday in 2006, more than 1,500 farmers across the UK have opened their gates and welcomed 1.8 million people onto their farm for one Sunday each year.
We’re based on 40 acres and a woodland runs the length of the plantations, either side of a stream. This area is home to a multitude of plants and wildlife, in particular rare lesser spotted orchids, deer and occasionally otters.
People who visited us on Open Farm Sunday were able to find out all about how we farm Christmas trees and also how we help and attract wildlife to the farm.