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Temple Farm draws huge crowds for Open Farm Sunday

It was certainly a good day for a picnic - or a hog roast - or just looking at the farm animals, an amazing array of farm machinery and the wonderful and very fertile landscape.

 

Open Farm Sunday (June 10) at Temple Farm, Rockley drew a huge crowd - by lunch time there were so many cars they had make a bigger car park.

A tour of the farm by tractor & trailerA tour of the farm by tractor & trailerThere were queues for the trailer rides round the farm - one of the trailer loads had retiring farm manager Chris Musgrave as their commentator.  And with Temple Farming being part of the Marlborough Downs Space for Nature organisation there was a lot more to explain than just what crop they were passing.

The farm's owner, Konrad Goess-Saurau, has transformed - after 33 years hard work - the farm's landscape from a 2,000 acres arable farm with a declining number of hedges, trees and wildlife, into a wildlife haven.  It is all about, as the slogan says on the welcome leaflet: "Combining modern day farming with a care for the environment."

A young Boer Goat kid A young Boer Goat kid On show from East Farm, Avebury - and attracting attention - were some striking new arrivals to the Marlborough Downs: 'Boer goats' - where 'boer' means 'farmer'.  They are the only goats reared world wide for their meat.  And it is meat that is becoming more popular in Britain - providing meat that has less fat than lamb. 

There were plants to buy and a mini farmers market and plenty to amuse children of many ages. This was a community display put on by the Marlborough Downs farmers with a lot of help from Wiltshire Young Farmers, the Avebury Henge Shop (for very welcome ice creams), St George's Church, Preshute (a pop-up tea room) and a large variety of other helpers - including the Co-op.

And here's a date for the 2019 diary:  next year's Open Farm Sunday will be on June 9.


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