This is the time of year when the ancient meadows of Hareley Farm are at their best. The pasture is filled with wild flowers, native grasses and butterflies. Swallows and skylarks abound and the farm is full of young life. The lambs will soon be weaned from the ewes and many of the chicks and poults are now gawky, half-feathered chickens and turkeys. Piglets arrive at all times of year and their antics are guaranteed to amuse.
It’s an important time to get everything just right as most of our livestock and poultry is of rare or traditional native breeds and we need as many as possible to not only survive but thrive and keep the breeds going for the future.
There are so many fetes, village shows and events in the area through the Summer, from major ones like the Royal Three Counties in June, to local ones such as Bromyard Gala in July, you could probably sample a Victoria sponge in every parish by the end of August. The National Trust properties at Lower Brockhampton, Berrington Hall and Croft Castle have a variety of extra activities and the open gardens in Herefordshire are at their most beautiful.