Devlopment of the rare breeds farm park



A new rare breeds farm park is in the making, located in the heart of the Mendip Hills, Somerset.


Entertain and Educate

The rare breeds farm park will be a major new tourist attraction to both entertain and educate the general public about traditional and rare breeds of farm animals and farming practices.

Conservation

The rare breeds farm park will conserve and protect the UK rare native breeds of farm animals and rare variety of produce using 21st century technologies in addition to traditional methodologies.

We recognise the need for biodiversity in the countryside and therefore, hedgerows and boundaries creation is planned, a network of 3 ponds, hazel coppicing and wildflower verges are on the menu to help with the protection and conservation of wildlife.

Future Generation

As farming needs constantly change, by keeping the rare breeds farm animals alive, it creates a pool of genetic material to fall back on in the future.



VOLUNTEERING


Redwood Rare Breeds is diversifying into a rare breeds farm park with associated cafe and shop. In advance of the grand opening, we are looking for help with the following areas:


Help with the animal enclosures and wildlife areas:

  • Stock Fencing
  • Animal shelters including plumbing
  • Bridge restoration
  • Hedge laying
  • Dry stone wall laying
  • Tree planting and maintenance
  • Landscaping
  • Pond management


  • Building the cafe and shop in particular:

  • Plumbing
  • Carpentry and joinery
  • Insulated roofing
  • advertisement, marketing, and promotion
  • Product range and sourcing
  • Cafe creation and layout

  • If you think you can help us out, please call 01749 850 361 for more detail.


    There are many vital tasks to be done around here, so Redwood Rare Breeds welcomes enthusiastic volunteers. If you are interested in carpentry, gardening, animal care or the great outdoors, please contact us.



    CREAM LEGBAR

    These auto-sex birds were standardised in 1958 but nearly died out in 1970s due to no demand for blue eggs. In the 1980s blue shelled eggs begin attracting people and the population started to increase again.

    The Cream Legbar produce 200 light blue eggs a year.

    BROWN SUSSEX

    These are the rarest type of Sussex chickens & were derived from the red Sussex in 1908. There are very few brown Sussex roosters in existence, and these that do exist, along with the hens may have some recent red Dorking or Red Sussex Ancestry. The most obvious difference if a chicken is from a Red Dorking or Red Sussex, is that Red Dorkings have five toes, while Red Sussex have 4 toes. Our Brown Sussex chickens have a Red Sussex ancestry. They are darker than the Red Sussex with black on their wing and tail feathers & red or brown eyes.

    The Brown Sussex produce 120 light brown eggs a year.

    NORTH HOLLAND BLUE

    The North Holland Blues are very quiet and docile making them a pleasure and easy to manage. They love to forage and are ideal for free-range living. British birds should have lightly feathered legs.

    The North Holland Blue (British stain) produce 180 light brown eggs a year.