First LEAF unit for Cornwall

THREE BROTHERS have become the first farmers in Cornwall to open their gates as a Linking Environment and Farming (LEAF) demonstration farm, with a potential audience of over 300,000 visitors a year.

Kestle Farm, Mevagissey, alongside top tourist attraction the Lost Gardens of Heligan, is a traditional mixed farm producing beef, lamb, cereals and vegetables, most of which are sold in the farm shop.

Terry, Ian and Richard Lobb recently opened a countryside interpretation centre where visitors to the Lost Gardens of Heligan can learn more about the role farming plays in safeguarding Cornwall”s rural environment. “If we can educate a small number of them it’s got to benefit all farmers,” says Richard.

“We”re trying to make the link between the food we produce and how the countryside looks.” Becoming a LEAF demonstration farm simply extends the existing facilities. “We are trying to create a profitable business, which sustains the natural environment and community, in which we live,” adds Ian.