The farm is bursting with new life. Primroses and wood anemones line the banks of the stream, to be replaced with bluebells as the days go by. The wild orchids in the meadows are a surprise every year – sometimes we don’t find any and the next year they flower in places we haven’t seen them before.
Spring is a busy time of year for us, with lambs doing their best to get into trouble in the meadows and chicks and poults hatching at three week intervals. Most of our livestock and poultry is from rare or traditional native breeds and we need as many as possible to not only survive but thrive so it’s important we get everything just right.
Hareley Barn’s level access and parking outside the door has made it easy to gain Mobility 1 accreditation this year. We’ve also added new board games to the bits-and-bobs cupboard, to help our guests switch off from technology if they wish.
We always keep a lookout for the first swallows – they’re our indicator that Summer has arrived, whatever the date on the calendar!