It’s been a very busy summer here at Higher Trewithen Holiday Cottages. We moved into our new home in Stithians, Cornwall this month and have been busy learning the ropes and making small changes here and there.
Top of the Higher Trewithen improvement list (outside of the cottages) is the fields. We have two fields that guests of Higher Trewithen Holiday Cottages are free to make use of but we really have to start tackling the brambles. They’ve been left to their own devices for far too long and we really want to make better use of the amazing landscape we have here.
We want people to be able to use the fields and we also plan to make Higher Trewithen home to some rare breed animals. The rare breeds we hope to introduce are ancient breeds native to the UK but are not considered to be financially viable for commercial production, as they tend to be smaller, slower growing animals.
We were first introduced to rare breeds through watching Countryfile. We’ve read a lot about the various animals that are now classified as rare or struggling breeds and made a few visits to Adam’s Henson’s farm in the Cotswolds to see the animals up close and personal. We were even lucky enough to meet Adam himself.
We hope that by having some rare breed animals at Higher Trewithen Holiday Cottages we can help increase awareness about these animals and their current situation while also increasing the numbers of each breed we have and manage our fields in a more eco friendly way. Having these animals here will help keep the brambles at bay and the grass trimmed down without us having to use tractors and other petrol guzzling machinery so frequently.
We have a long way to go before the fields are ready and more research to do to make sure we choose the right animals but we’re getting there.