A big “thank-you” to all the Top Meadow Farm customers who supported our farm and garden open day for health and social care charities this weekend. Over one hundred and fifty people attended and £975 was raised for charity. It was great to meet so many of you and to show you some of our animals and for you to see what we are doing on the farms and in our gardens.
Farm Manager, Rob, assisted by his daughters Olivia and Darcie, showed off some of our animals including our rare breed, Devon and Cornwall Longwool and our Welsh Lleyn and Hampshire sheep; our Red Ruby Devon cattle and some of our Gloucester Old Spot piglets.
Head Gardener, Fiona, was there to guide visitors around our gardens, showing the lovely plants blooming in the herbaceous borders and on the dry stone wall terraces, give gardening advice and sell off some of our surplus plants to visitors. With the sun out, there was a wonderful display : acers, fuschias, geraniums, delphiniums, roses, salvias, veronicas, arum lilies and dozens of more exotic plants to delight the visitors.
We sold out of Top Meadow Farm steak burgers and sausages from the barbecue and there was a very heavy trade in cream teas and home-made cakes during both afternoons!
Our open garden was held as part of the “Yellow Book” National Gardens Scheme and the charities benefiting will include Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie, Hospice UK, The Carers Trust, The Queen’s Nursing Institute, Parkinson’s UK and Mind.
And the good news for those who missed the event this weekend is that our gardens will again be open for charity on July 24th and 25th and August 28th and 29th. We look forward to welcoming you then…