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I'm really looking forward to helping develop Trill as a community asset, where people can come and experience the best our countryside has to offer

Do you want to get your mind and body kick started this New Year? Trill Farm opens its doors for 2015 with an inspiring programme of courses and talks to get you thinking, learning and eating!

Trill Farm, near Axminster, is the brain child of Dr Romy Fraser OBE, the founder of Neal's Yard Remedies. Set up in 2008, the 300 acre organic farm has become an exercise in creative thinking and living. Cattle and sheep farmers, market gardeners, carpenters, chefs and natural skin-product makers all share the farm and a common ethos; using the land and all it affords in a way that provides a living for its workers, a resource for the local community to use and benefit from and, most importantly, causes minimum impact to the natural resources that sustain the whole enterprise.

The farm also hosts the Trill Trust, an education charity that uses the beautiful habitats and wildlife on the farm, and takes advantage of the expertise and knowledge of those working on it, to inspire and engage others to think and learn about their own relationship with the natural environment and what it means to the them. The Trust organises a series of talks, events and family camps throughout the year and has just employed a new Director of Education, Jolyon Chesworth, who says
“Trill farm is such an inspiring place, the rivers, ponds, woods and meadows are teeming with wildlife and I'm really looking forward to exploring it all, showing people around and helping to put on a diverse programme of activities with something for everyone; from those who want their first experience sleeping under the stars and watching badgers; to people who want to understand what grows around them and how it can be used to make delicious foods and herbal remedies.”

The Trill Trust has just released the first of its planned activities, with courses on everything from carpentry, to willow weaving and basket making], herbal remedies and homeopathy, bee keeping, foraging and vegetarian cooking.

Jolyon continues:
“One of the things I’m most looking forward to are our monthly Supper and Conversations, these evening events include thought provoking talks from national experts on a whole variety of subjects. On January 30th we have Pat Thomas, an author, journalist and campaigner, giving her views on GM foods and how they may be creeping on to your supermarket shelves, and what it means for our environment and our health. These talks provide food for thought whilst our resident chef provides delicious organic food for us to eat, as we cogitate and discuss the important issues facing ourselves and our countryside.”

“All of our walks, talks and events are listed on our website at www.trillfarm.co.uk and more will be added as the year progresses. We are particularly keen to continue to develop our links with our neighbours, including local schools and colleges. I'm really looking forward to helping develop Trill as a community asset, where people can come and experience the best our countryside has to offer through sharing, learning, eating and simply taking pleasure in being outside in the fields and woods, what better way to start 2015.”

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NOTES TO EDITORS

Further information:

For more information on Trill Farm, Trill Trust and the events on offer please contact:

Zoe Haigh, Project Development Coordinator, zoe@trillfarm.co.uk, 01297 631113
Jolyon Chesworth, Director of Education, jolyon@thetrilltrust.org, 01297 631113
www.trillfarm.co.uk
www.thetrilltrust.org
www.facebook.com/trillfarm
twitter @trill_farm


About Trill Farm:

Trill Farm is a working mixed organic farm situated on 300 acres of diverse countryside of outstanding natural beauty on the Devon/Dorset border. The farm has a herd of Red Ruby Devon cattle and a flock of Gotland sheep and also hosts a number of small independent enterprises including a market garden (Trill Farm Garden), carpentry, skin care products, and cookery. Together, we produce and market our own products. As well as being organic the land is managed through a Higher Level Stewardship Scheme that results in a strong nature conservation interest on the farm.

Trill Farm is a project that aims to create local employment, foster a sense of community, and produce food whilst supporting wildlife. Trill Farm’s Director is Romy Fraser OBE, the founder of Neal’s Yard Remedies.

About The Trill Trust:

The Trill Trust is a registered charity (No. 1094893), set up by Romy Fraser in 2008. The Trust provides opportunities for experiential learning about ecology, sustainability and health. The teaching model provides an educational example where a holistic, compassionate and ecological approach to life and health is taught. The Trill Trust aims to:
Provide experience and education in skills needed to create a sustainable future.
Promote health as a primary requirement for a fulfilling life.
Empower children and adults to understand and claim their own health by exploring the natural environment.
Inspire healthy and responsible living, working to build an education model that demonstrates a vital new possibility for our education system.

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