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Cousins working together on our family owned farm with the aim of running a commercial modern farm producing high yielding, high standard crops while maximising wildlife diversity. Brian is said to be the farmer and conservationist, whereas Patrick is a conservationist and farmer. This mix has given a new direction for the farm, building upon the work that our fathers and grandfather has done to improve the overall success of the farm business. The farm has gone from strength to strength with the farm being recognised at a national level winning the coveted National FWAG’s Silver Lapwing Award for farming and conservation in 2009 and then Patrick and Brian were named Countryside Farmer of the Year by the Farmers Weekly in 2010.

Saturday, 26 November 2011

Land Of Our Fathers is launched!

Last week we were delighted to be able to invite members of the press, family and friends to the farm to the official launch of the ‘Land of Our Fathers’ DVD programme. This is a project that we have been working on for most of this year having been approached by Alan James who runs a production company called Second Sight Productions in Tiptree. He has been making programmes as Second Sight Productions for over 10 years and has published over 100 titles. He was looking to create a documentary programme about modern farming and wildlife management and we felt that this would give us a terrific platform to show everything that we do on the farm through the course of the working year.

The programme covers the history of Westhorpe with local historian Clive Paine and gives a fascinating insight into the Tudor connections of the village, Westhorpe Hall and how it came to be the home of Henry VIII’s sister, Mary Queen of France. We see how the farm came into the ownership of the Barker family, how farming has changed through the ages and even links in with our late Grandfather’s collection of agricultural and domestic bygones. With some of our old photographs, cinefilm and video footage we track the changes in agricultural machinery and farming practices through the generations and finish off by showing the land operations through the course of a year with modern machinery. At every stage we are able to demonstrate our environmental consideration and different measures in place on the farm including Wild Bird Seed and Nectar Flower mixes, pond restoration, creation of species rich grassland and hedgerows and their management. There is also bird ringing demonstration from one of the ringing sessions on the farm so it is a thorough record of everything that has gone on through the course of the year.
Fiming one of the scenes form a couple of angles

It has been great fun and a great experience making the programme and we hope that everyone really enjoys watching it. To buy a copy visit the website - www.secondsightproductions.co.uk/shop/land-of-our-fathers

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