Open Farm Sunday at the most southerly farm

Nevil Amiss herding his Lleyn cross flock

On 11th June Open Farm Sunday comes to the Lizard, with Tregullas Farm throwing open its gates to welcome visitors from near and far to discover more about where their food comes from, and to enjoy all the fun of the countryside.

Join the Amiss family, other local farmers and food producers, and the National Trust to find out about all things rural at this free family event in Lizard village. There will be ducks, hens, goats, sheep and cattle, ferret and snail racing, traditional crafts including wood turning and wool spinning, a farmers market selling local produce, sheep shearing, wildlife displays, archery and kids crafts. Climb aboard a tractor. Entry is free, and refreshments in aid of the local school will be available. 12noon -4pm  Tregullas Farm, just south of Lizard village on Lighthouse Road TR12 7NL 01326 290122 for further info.

Tregullas is a National Trust tenanted farm, in the care of Rona and Nevil Amiss and their 5 children, who moved to the Lizard from Devon 4 years ago, along with their sheep, cows, goats and ducks. This, the most southerly farm on the British mainland, covers 50 fields (95 ha) stretching from Lizard village to Lizard Point and Bass Point. Surrounded by cliffs on three sides, Tregullas is very much a coastal farm, and is a fantastic place for wildlife. The cliffs, which are included in the farm tenancy, support a wealth of rare plants, like long headed clover and wild asparagus, as well as being home to breeding Cornish choughs. Grazing of the coastal fields and cliffs by cattle or sheep is vital for chough and other wildlife and Nevil and Rona have recently been recognised with a national Farming with Nature Award by The National Trust, for this and their other wildlife friendly farming measures, including planting hedgerows and sowing bird seed plots which act as living bird tables.

Rachel Holder Area Ranger for the National Trust said “Open Farm Sunday is always a lovely event, and it’s great to be able to work not only in partnership with Nevil and Rona who farm here, but other local farmers who bring along their tractors, and local food producers. There will be plenty to see and do, from shearing demonstrations to rural crafts, and even snail racing!”

Nevil Amiss said “We relish this opportunity to welcome people to our farm, and to talk to them about what we do. Food and farming is such an important part of rural life, and we recognise that we are custodians of a really special part of the Cornish coast”.

Rona and Nevil win an NT fine farm produce award
Rona and Nevil Amiss with their fine farm produce award
Rona and Nevil win an NT fine farm produce award
Grazing to benefit nature at Tregullas Farm, Cornwall

Farming with nature brings rewards in Cornwall 

The Amiss family in Cornwall are using new grazing techniques to run their productive farm, which is also rich in wildlife.