Greystones Farm does Open Farm Sunday

Thursday 28th May 2015

On Sunday 7th June, Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust is opening its gates at Greystones Farm nature reserve in Bourton on the Water as part of the 10th annual Open Farm Sunday.

The Trust, along with partner Simon Weaver Organic, will be showing visitors its state of the art robotic milker, which milks the herd and includes Gloucester cattle. The farm is home to traditional wild flower rich meadows and the Salmonsbury Iron Age fortified town. The milk is then taken to the creamery just a mile up the road to make delicious Cotswold brie and single Gloucester cheese – a cheese unique to Gloucestershire and with a PDO status (Product of Designated Origin).

“Visitors can come and visit the farm yard and see the cows being milked before walking through the meadows to the picturesque river Eye”, said Cotswold Reserves Manager Tom Beasley Suffolk.
“The tradition of hay making and grazing, dating back hundreds of years, keeps the floral rich meadows in the perfect condition for wild flowers such as, knapweed, southern march orchid and greater burnet to grow.”

Visitors to Greystones Farm can expect to see the farm animals (cows, pigs & sheep) and also the wildlife that lives here. There will also be tea and cake, tractors on show and guided walks of this wildlife and archaeologically rich farm. The Trust will also be showing people its plans for Heritage Lottery Funded development of the barns in the farmyard into a visitor and education centre.

This annual event organized by LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming), offers a great way for people to find out more about where their food comes from, talk to the farmers who produce it and get up close and personal with the countryside.

“At Simon Weaver Organics we produce a wide range of organic cheeses and will have samples for visitors to try and buy”, said Simon Weaver. “We are proud of our heritage and organic status and are delighted to be taking part in Open Farm Sunday at Greystones Farm.”

Greystones Farm is a short five-minute, level walk from the village’s main pay & display car park in Station Road and will be signposted from the A429 on the day. There is no parking at the farm.