Photo - Cows over freshly laid hedge. Matt Edworthy
Bodwannick Manor Farm was given to the Gaia Trust in 2013 as a legacy from its owner, Martin Appleton. The farm had never been run intensively and is rich in wildlife, and the garden is a haven of peace and tranquility. The garden’s air of antiquity is deceptive as this is the loving creation of the Appleton family over nearly forty years. Image gallery
Sarah Matta worked with Martin for fifteen years looking after his estate and is working with The Gaia Trust to preserve Martin’s dream. She says: “Martin was a farmer all his life and managed the Bodwannick stock farm, but his real passion was gardening. The garden is his life’s work and it’s fantastic that other people are getting to enjoy it too.”
The farm consists of sixty seven hectares of woodland and unimproved grazing land. The land is subject to a Mid Tier Stewardship Agreement and farmed through a local farmer. Some of the woodland is in the National Inventory of Woodland and Trees.
As well as the farm land, the site includes a run-down farmhouse, stone/slate barns, numerous outbuildings, a derelict dairy and more modern agricultural buildings in various states of disrepair. These features will be repaired and converted or removed the during the site's redevelopment, with a new cattle barn the first feature to be built in the Autumn of 2020.