Our real-life farm trail starts just outside of the 17th century Westmorland stone barn, which houses the farm shop, tea room and gallery. En route you’ll see where your food comes from – passing the cows in the fields, the vegetable plots at Growing Well, and the fruit trees in the orchard.
There is a huge variety of plant, animal and bird life here at Low Sizergh, which is ever changing with the seasons and co-exists with the livestock. As you walk the trail, which is just under 2 miles, you’ll learn more about how our natural and holistic farming principles are put into practice around this beautiful farm.
The farm trail is free of charge.
This hedgerow is at least 400 years old and contains many species of wild plant. You can see swallows swooping here in the summer as they head for the cow pastures looking for insects. Creating a dam across the stream made the pond; its level varies throughout the year and it dries up a little in the summer.
This wood is called Low Park Wood and much of it was ‘coppiced’ until the 1930s. Coppicing is the traditional art of cutting back re-growth from tree stumps (or stools) at regular intervals to produce straight poles.
The woodland contains some magnificent mature oak trees. Some of the branches are dying off but these are left on the tree to provide wildlife habitats. Dead wood is an important food source for many insects and provides nest sites for birds.
As farmers we rely on natural predators that live in trees like this for help. The predators, such as birds and bats, feed on insect pests that can damage crops.
The farm has 175 Holstein and Swedish Red dairy cows. They are milked twice a day in the parlour and you can see this taking place from the tearoom’s viewing gallery at 3.30pm every afternoon.
A traditional feature of the area, these were built in the early 1800s. The outer stones enclose a centre of rubble, capped with top stones called ‘cams’. They provide habitat for lichens, lizards and ladybirds.