First Open Day for Surrey Farm Delights Local Residents & Families
Sunday 10th June saw Hill House Farm open its gates to the public for the first time as part of LEAF’s (Linking Environment and Farming) national Open Farm Sunday event.
Since 2016, Hill House Farm has specialised in rearing rare breed Gloucester Old Spot pigs and Southdown sheep on its 17 hectares of farm land in the midst of the Surrey Hills, near Dorking. With 3 generations of the Jones’s involved in preparing for the big day, as well as a team of volunteers, including Tim from Dorking’s Food Float, the farm is very much a family affair.
This first Open Day was a resounding success with over 750 visitors finding simple delights in petting piglets and hunting for sheep. As well discovering the farm, visitors were spoilt for choice with a range of local arts and crafts stalls curated by Handpicked for Dorking, including Dapper & Suave and Illustrations & Prints, whilst the farm’s own “farm to fork” produce, from hams to sausage rolls, sold out in record time.
Over £500 was raised from the sale of refreshments which were kindly made and sold by volunteers from Dorking Friends of Cancer Research UK.
Ian Jones, Farm Manager of Hill House Farm, commented:
“At Hill House Farm, we are really passionate about what we do which is why we wanted to take part in LEAF’s Open Farm Sunday event. The whole ethos behind the farm is to connect people back to the countryside, whether that be through great food, farmed and produced locally, or outstanding rural experiences. It was for these reasons that we wanted to open our gates and share our farm with the public.”
“Sunday was our first open farm day and the event exceeded all our expectations. It was hard work, but we are thrilled that we were able to showcase the essential role our farm plays in the local community to so many local residents and families.”
Some photos from the day: