- Adam Henson is hailed as the UK’s favourite farmer. He’s a great advocate for farming and food production, as well as his dedication to rare breed animals.
- He’s well known for his weekly appearance on BBC’s Countryfile, has a monthly column for the Archant magazines, including Cotswold Life and Country Smallholding.
- Adam runs the Cotswold Farm Park, near Guiting Power in Gloucestershire. The Cotswold Farm Park is a great family day out. Children and grown-ups alike love looking at the range of farm animals – from rare breed Soay sheep to Iron Age pigs. There’s the ever-popular Touch Barn, where children can interact with smaller animals (rabbits, guinea pigs, chicks, kids, lambs and piglets), while staff explain the hatchery process from egg to chicken, as well as the handling and care of rabbits and guinea pigs.
- Adam lives with his partner and their two children, several dogs, chickens, horses and a whole farmyard of other animals.
As the weather turns and everyone starts having lengthy discussions about when to turn the heating on, you may think things would be quietening down up here at the farm, but it’s actually quite the opposite.
We finished harvesting the crops in September but there’s still plenty to keep me and the team occupied. On the farm, there’s work to do on preparing the land for next year’s crops. Our Livestock Manager, Mike is overseeing a busy schedule of activities with the animals which (without going into too much detail!) will mean that there will be up to 1,500 lambs ready to make their appearance during our lambing demonstrations when we re-open to the public in February.
At the Farm Park, the team are rehearsing for a new line-up of daily demonstrations, which will begin on November 4th. A few eyebrows have been raised in the farm office by the delivery of a strange assortment of hoops and seesaws. I’m assured by Alastair, our Display Manager that this is all in aid of the new ‘Goat Agility’ class… I’m looking forward to seeing the end result!
With the colder weather on its way, we’ve also taken pity on the smaller, less noticeable residents of the Farm Park and have built some luxury bug houses for any insects passing through the conservation area which may be in need of a rest.
We have a packed schedule of events planned for the next few months as well, so there’s plenty to get on with, but the best way to keep warm is to keep busy!