Since 1972 the Arlington Bluebell Walk and Farm Trail has developed into seven interesting walks over three working farms.
One of the walks of 2/3 mile (1100 meters) through Beatons Wood has been made suitable for wheelchair users. This is where you see white anemones followed by the vistas of bluebells, established over centuries. On this walk there are seats for you to enjoy the peace and tranquility of this oak and hornbeam wood. Along the walks there are signs illustrating the flora and fauna of the countryside for your information.
At neighbouring Parkwood Farm, milking of the large dairy herd can be seen from a special viewing gallery every afternoon between 3:00pm and 5:00pm. To get there involves a walk of about 1.5 miles, and you will have to walk back!
We have pens of sheep, pigs and angora goats for the children to see close up, but remember, pigs can bite! Ensure children wash their hands thoroughly with warm water and soap at the adjoining sink if they do stroke any of the animals.
For more information download the 2017 Publicity Leaflet here.
1.The most number of visitors ever, as the weather was superb with hot weather to start, then when bluebells were blooming it turned cold, which meant the vistas of blue looked fantastic until we closed.
2.Visitors appreciated the various improvements made since last year, including extending one of the Farm Walks, surfacing of paths round the maize field, enlarging the kitchen and updating the Walks Leaflet.
3.In spite of erecting metal hoops to discourage visitors walking off the paths in order to get different photos of the bluebells, it still remains a serious problem. If the leaves get trodden down they cannot create the reserves needed to flower next year, so we must find a more effective deterrent!
4.TripAdvisor is now listing us again; with to date 45 five star ratings and a solitary one giving us only three stars! Our page was removed in 2015 in spite of receiving their Certificate of Excellence, as we were not open for at least six months a year.
5.The Appleton family who own both Primrose and Parkwood Farms support us by providing access to the six Farm Walks, each unique in their own way by giving added interest to our visitors.
6.They again held at Parkwood Farm a very successful Open Farm Event on the May Bank Holiday Monday, sponsored by Tesco & Arla Milk. It did mean a three mile walk there and back for our visitors!
7.Twenty four local charities raised a total of £62,275 this year, when added to the monies raised since 1972, then factoring in inflation makes a grant total of £966,855!
8.You can read the full Report on the HISTORY page under PAST YEARS
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