A £1.3 million development of Tatton Park Farm officially launched on Wednesday 4th July with an opening ceremony attended by over 150 people from across Cheshire and beyond.
The event gave visitors the opportunity to find out more about the innovative ‘Field to Fork’ project which tells the story of the journey of our food – from field, to fork.
The initiative was officially unveiled by Knutsford Academy pupil Ben Senior, who plays the part of the farm’s ‘Boy’ character within the Field to Fork story and accompanying smartphone app.
The ribbon cutting was followed by speeches from Cllr George Walton, chair of the Tatton Park board; Aileen McEvoy, committee member for the Heritage Lottery Fund North West region; and Cllr Don Stockton, Cheshire East Council’s portfolio holder for environment.
Attendees at the launch event had the opportunity to explore the mill, where original machinery has been lovingly restored, and visit the slaughter house.
The slaughterhouse is open to the public for the first time, where soundscapes and visual effects help visitors compare practices from the 1940s with animal husbandry today.
The launch also saw cookery demonstrations and tastings of Tatton Farm and Estate-reared produce as well as also enjoyed cheese and ice cream making in the shippon.
Guests watched demonstrations of traditional techniques including dry stone walling, wool spinning and hand milking and learnt about the history and care of all the rare breed animals.
Aileen McEvoy, from the Heritage Lottery Fund, spoke of the value of the project: “Tatton Farm’s Field to Fork project portrays the skills of workers and local people from the past and it is our hope that communities will become more involved in heritage as a result.”