Farm opens gardens and wildflower meadows to support good causes
- Credit: Goren Farm
From this weekend Goren Farm, at Stockland, near Honiton, will be celebrating the 16th year of opening its gardens and wildflower meadows for charity and supporting the National Garden Scheme.
They will be welcoming guests to wander around the 70-acre farm, which is a county wildlife site, on the edge of the Blackdown hills in the AONB. Paths and nature trails lead you past many plant Id signs. The Georgian farmstead boasts the original working 17th century cider press and walled garden as well as formal gardens and haha.
The farm has specialised into growing wildflower meadows for seed to promote bio diversity throughout the South West.
The species at Goren have occurred naturally or been collected through spreading green hay from nearby donor sites. The many ancient meadows have been nurtured to provide a rich tapestry of wild flowers, colours, scents and sounds throughout the summer.
The meadows in June are full of flowers, in the afternoon, many species close around 3pm and then in the evening the meadows come to life again as the sun sets and the insects rise up out of the grass and the swallows are racing around for their evening meal.
On a perfect evening the golden haze and flurry of activity is one of the most memorable moments annual cycle of the meadows. Goren Farm also has cider orchards and makes its own range of delicious apple juices and ciders on a 300 year old press using traditional methods and maturing the cider in oak barrels in the Pound House. This has been turned this into a working museum for guests to see.
On the open days Cream Teas and Light refreshments are available and guests are also welcome to bring a picnic. There are plenty of benches around the gardens and meadows to enjoy the nature and the views over the Corry valley.
The farm is open from 10am to 10pm every day from May till July and signposted from the Stockland television mast.
In the past seven years Goren Farm has had a weekend music festival in June raising money for local schools, charities and NGS.
Sadly, this is the second year Goren Festival could not take place. Instead they will be holding guided nature walks, outdoor music events and theatre with wild camping throughout the summer. More information can be found by visiting Goren Farm website. www.goren.co.uk