Educational Access Site

Deer Park Farm

County : Cornwall

What there is to see and do :

The farm footprint covers an ancient Royal Deer Park dating from 1337. Much of the Park boundary along with examples of the mineral-rich mining history still remain and co-exist with the farm’s commercial livestock and crop production and its commitment to Environmental Stewardship. Today, Deer Park comprises 110ha in total, supports a Beef Suckler herd of 50 cows/calves, fattens 100+ Welsh Black and Highland cattle, 250 flock sheep, 30ha of cereals, protein and miscanthus energy crops and offers farm tourism through Traditional Barns and a native American Tipi Centre, all set in the spectacular Tamar Valley AONB.

Farm activities
Guided farm tours inc. livestock & crops; nature trails/pond dipping; Native American Tipi Centre by request.

Flower-rich grassland, Ponds, Wetlands, Hedgerows, Dry stone walls, Wodlands, Intensive grassland, Arable

Toilets, Hard surface parking, Wet-shelter available, Picnic area, Teachers information pack, Farm facts leaflet, Car parking (20), Coach parking, Minibus parking (6)

Other features
Habitat corridor along former mining leat for heath fritillary butterfly, designated area for Red Data Book listed – Cornish bladder seed. Zero input management for species rich pastures and wildlife corridors in both grassland and arable field margins. Scheduled Site of Ancient Royal Deer Park boundary, Heritage site of Arsenic Flue and Tunnel, archaeological site of hill fort settlement.

Conservation on farm
Higher Level Stewardship – wildlife corridors for heath fritillary butterfly. Grassland and arable field margins. Zero input management of species-rich pastures. Cornish bank & hedgerow restoration. Archaeological & heritage consolidation. Entry Level Scheme – hedgerow management throughout farm. Pond and wetland conservation.

Archaeological or Landscape features
Entire farm in Tamar Valley AONB. Bulk of farm in World Heritage Mining Site. Deer Park boundary – listed for Scheduled Ancient Monument. Farm adjoining ‘Greenscombe SSSI’.

Other information

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Access end date
31 January, 2017

Information Last Updated
06 August, 2007

To Arrange a visit

If this site is of interest, please contact Martin Howlett on telephone number 01579 370292 to arrange a visit.