Photo - Limousin cows grazing on our low input pasture. Matt Edworthy
The Gaia Trust assumed responsibility for Bodwannick Manor Farm in April 2013 as a legacy from the last owner, Martin Appleton. Since then, we have continued to manage the farm, as he did in his lifetime, in a traditional, low input manner consistent with Gaia's mission if 'farming for people and nature'.
The environment and atmosphere created by the farm buildings, garden and immediate surroundings feels 'out of time' and very peaceful; removed from the pressures of the outside world. Just like Mr Appleton, Gaia wants to share this and has opened the garden to a small number of visitors and volunteers. We want to do more of this in the future.
Our vision for Bodwannick is to adapt the site flexibly for a number of purposes; Health and well-being, Community use, Income generation and sustainable farm and land management. The challenge is to re-work and restore the site so that it is fit for these purposes that are quite different from those for which it was built, but in so doing not to destroy its genius loci.