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Open Farm Sunday - 01/06/2008

Here's a great idea for a half-term thing-to-do to do with the children. Hafod y Llan Farm, near Beddgelert, at the start of the Watkin Path up Snowdon, is throwing its doors open to the public. This is part of the 'Open Farm Sunday' initiative by LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming).

During the Hafod y Llan open day, visitors will be able to see the sheepdogs in action, as the shepherds, Roger and Trefor, whistle and command them to ‘tyd yma’ (come here) or ‘ceri fyny’ (go up). And there will be an opportunity to see the sheep being sheared ready for the (hopefully) warm summer days ahead. As well as the sheep there is a pedigree herd of Welsh black cattle which has been reintroduced a few years ago.

There will also be guided farm tours, walks around the farm trail and a wildlife walk. Wood milling will be demonstrated along with rug making and the new pellet boiler will be on display. And of course there will be activities for children.

Refreshments will be available plus home-grown and home-cooked lamb to taste. The proof of the pudding will be in the eating – does organically produced Welsh mountain lamb really taste that great? You can be the judge.

Hafod y Llan farm extends from the valley floor to the summit of Snowdon. It is the largest farm directly managed by the National Trust, with agriculture and the environment as equal partners. LEAF is an organisation promoting integrated farm management, bringing together the best of traditional methods and modern techniques to create the optimum result for the farm and the environment.

Visitors to the Hafod y Llan Farm on Sunday are welcome between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. The farm is about 2 miles out of Beddgelert on the A498 towards Capel Curig opposite the National Park’s car park at the start of the Watkin Path.

The timetable of specific events is as follows:

10:00 Wildlife Walk
10:30 Sheep Shearing
11:00 Farm Tour
11:30 Working Dogs
12:00 Farm Trail
1:30 Farm Tour
2:00 Sheep Shearing
2:30 Farm Trail
3:00 Working Dogs
3:30 Wildlife walk

Location: Hafod y Llan Farm, near Beddgelert.

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