Swaledale farm opens to public

A Swaledale farm opened its gates to the public earlier this month.

Hazel Brow Farm in Low Row took part in the Open Farm Sunday scheme.

The events are organised by LEAF (Link­ing Envi­ron­ment And Farm­ing) where farmers open their doors and give visitors the opportunity to learn more about farming and the countryside.

More than 150 people attended the event.

Visitors had the chance to meet and feed the alpacas, geese and goats led by owner Catherine Calvert.

A full farm tour to see the cattle and sheep was hosted by Raymond Calvert, who talked about the day-to-day operation of the farm and his life as a Dales farmer.

Emily, a travelling shepherdess, gave a demonstration of sheep clipping and then entertained everyone with her sheepdog Nap working a group of sheep on the pasture.

The event was also supported by Pepperfield Farm Hedgehog Rescue and members of the Tees-Swale Naturally Connected Project who supported with the tours, set up information boards, craft tables for the children and led bumblebee walks though the pastures.

Catherine Calvert said: “It was a really successful day and we were so lucky with the weather, so families were able to enjoy their picnics on the grass and wander round our nature trail across the meadow.

“Many of the visitors have already commented on how much they’ve enjoyed their visit and how much they’ve learnt about the animals and farming.”