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The buildings at Cold Harbour farm

ImageHeritage Open Day at Cold Harbour Farm

Sunday 9 September 2012.

Cold Harbour Farm, Bishop Burton will be open again as part of the National Heritage Open Days on Sunday 9 September 2012 from 11am to 4 30pm. This is a unique experience to be able to contrast the original buildings with those in use for modern agriculture today. “Heritage Open Days encourages local people to discover the history they have on their doorstep” says Loyd Grossman, Patron of Heritage Open Days. “After such a spectacular summer, I can`t think of a better way to round it off than a day out or a picnic at one of our fantastic free events.”

 The Victorian granary with its stone steps measures about 5m by 20 m. The modern on floor grain store built nearby measures 45m by 33m. The current farmers at Cold Harbour farm, Paul and Heather Hayward are following a family tradition that has seen 4 generations of the same family farming this land. They will be available on the day for tours round the buildings.

The farm has a well preserved set of brick built, architect designed farm buildings from the 1890`s. Their original uses were various; blacksmiths shop, carriage house, stables, turnip house, chaff house and cow house. These are now largely unsuitable for modern agriculture but have been maintained and some of them converted to more modern use, the main one being a nest of creative activity that is Calf House Studios. These are home to 7 artists who all work in different media.

There will also be a chance to see how the machinery has changed over the years. Pre war the farm was worked by 16 cart horses. By the 1950s these had all been replaced by tractors. Four vintage tractors, one of which is still used today will be on display. Parked next to this will be one of the tractors we use today which deploys satellite navigation to ensure crops are planted and fertilised with no gaps or overlaps.

There is no need to book for the event which is free to attend. It will be well signed from the village of Bishop Burton.



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Land to be drilled with peas is left ploughed over winter and provides an ideal habitat for lapwings to nest. They breed in scrapes on bare earth which are lined with a few bits of grass or leaves. This year pea drilling has been pushed back by the weather. We were scheduled for a late drilling time anyway but the weather break has given plenty of time for the lapwings to hatch their young. Once hatched they can run about nearly immediately.

On one of our fields there are at least three breeding pairs of lapwings and when anything approaches the fields the anxious parents can be seen circling and calling out. I have not yet seen one of them to pretend to have a broken wing yet to entice a possible predator away form their young. So far I have only seen one young bird but they are very difficult to spot as they have the perfect camoflage for our soil type and are nearly invisible. I have tried to photograph him but think I keep missing. He is lovely to watch as the ploughed field is very rough and he can climb up to the top of an upturned furrow then falls down the other side, bounces up and repeats the process.

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