On 3rd June 2014, we welcomed Wychall School to Overbury Estate and Farms and also had the pleasure of welcoming the Worcester Branch of the CLA, Country Land Owners Association (www.cla.org.uk). Click to read more about their visits.
June 3rd started with a visit by Wychall School from Birmingham. Year 6 come to visit us three times throughout the farming year to learn about the farming calendar and where their food comes from. We had a great time showing them the spring onions & peas on the Farm and the vegetables in the kitchen garden, followed by a taste of Overbury Lamb and a race to the top of the Tower! It is an honour to be able to share the great work that happens on the Farms to the next generation of potential farmers!
This was then followed on by an evening visit from the Worcester Branch of the CLA, Country Land Owners Association (www.cla.org.uk). The CLA is a membership organisation for owners of land, property & Businesses in rural England and Wales. They had their AGM in the Village Hall, followed by a tour around the Farm and Overbury Village. We showed them the wonderful new school building and Nursery, highlighting the importance of ensuring we have facilities that keep our villages vibrant and alive, also talking about how the Nursery really uses the outside environment to learn and grow.
The CLA is a membership organisation for owners of land, property & businesses in rural England and Wales. They had their AGM in the Village Hall, followed by a tour around the Farm and Overbury Village. We showed them the wonderful new school building and Nursery, highlighting the importance of facilities that keep our villages vibrant and alive, and the use of the outside environment to learn and grow.
We then moved on to The Old Village Shop, which showcases Overbury’s good connectivity both virtually (fibre optic high speed broadband) and also in terms of road access. The Old Village Shop offers shorter more flexible terms and rooms that are available to hire by the day or hour, which suits the modern business.
We then visited Georgina Mucklow-Davies “Blue August Moon”. Georgina is one of our tenants in Stocktons Courtyard who very kindly opened her doors to the CLA guests (as well as offering a cheeky glass of fizz on the way past!). You can follow Blue August Moon https://www.facebook.com/www.blueaugustmoon.co.uk and see the gorgeous things on offer there.
Out on the Farm we then saw the full farming system, talking about minimal tillage systems, cover cropping to aid soil health and how we integrate stewardship and shooting, within Overbury Farms business.
Then back to the Court for drinks and nibbles, and a very informative and relevant talk about issues facing the countryside by their Vice President, Ross Murray. It was a fabulous chance to talk to others managing land and share ideas. And the rain held off…….
Now off to prepare for the next visit on Open Farm Sunday!