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. Follow us on Facebook for the latest news.


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.

FARM SHOP

The farm shop will house locally sources fine quality items, including bakery products, beverages, meats and fresh fruit and vegetables.

CAFE

The onsite cafe, will provide multiple luxury hot drinks and cakes, to afternoon teas, ideally for meeting up with friends and family securely in the mist of the Mendip countryside.

ART GALLERY

At Redwood Rare Breeds, the art gallery shall host multiple artists, and exhibitions, tailored events, tours and talks including Somerset Art Studios on the 19th September to 4th October.

FIELD 725

We are excited to announce that Field 725 located at Redwood Rare Breeds is now taking bookings. For more detail, visit Field 725.

Field 725 is a luxury campsite and venue for activities and events such as Be Wilder Camps, corporate events & retreats, on our hillside next to over 100 acres of woodland with rolling views of the Mendips.

DEXTER CATTLE

Europes smallest cattle breed, Dexter cattle are a 1/3 of the size of a Holstein Friesian and meat matures around 18-24 months old with an average carcase weight of 145-220kg.

They can also be milked producing 8-12L a day, for 305 days lactation period.

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.

SLATE TURKEY

These turkeys lay around 50-1oo pale cream eggs a year and wondeful to watch the male Tom's throat and wattle change colour from white to red when displaying to his female hen.

The male slate turkeys weigh around 15kg in weight.

WHITE CRESTED DUCKS

A large white crested 'hat' on their heads, make them unqiue.

Ducks can live up to 20 years and are omnivorous i.e. will eat grass, insects, seeds, fruit, fish

CAYUGA DUCKS

These ducks have a black feathers with a brilliant green iridescence with a black bill

Due to their size, they are often kept for meat for the table but also lay eggs which are great in cakes.

EUROPEAN QUAIL

Quails live around 2 years old and can start laying little speckly eggs from 8-12weeks old. They lay around 230 eggs a year which are great in salads on a hot sunny day.

BRITISH SADDLEBACK

These dual purpose pigs are great for pork and bacon and are very docile, making them idea for smallholders.

With 44 teeth, they like to munch their way through anything they can get hold off.

EUROPEAN RABBITS

With an average litter size of 5-6 kittens, then spend a lot of time underground making a network of tunnels (called warrens) for their evergrowing family.

Typical weigh around 1.2-2kg in weight,yet can weigh up to 5kg.