During the past 10 years the cider orchards have been restored by planting old varieties of Cornish apple trees. Nicky and Andrew run the farm with help from a variety of talented local people - dry-stone wallers, fencers, gardeners - and with a sensitivity to the land. The old names for the old fields speak to them in old tongues: Three Trees, Minefield, Orchard and Hare's Leg. Over 70 Cornish apple trees have been planted since 1998 from which they crush 1000 litres of juice every year, organically, though not officially so. The old Cornish varieties include Lucombes Pine, Sunset, Mylor Pike, American Mother, Cat's Head and Pig’s Snout, and you will find them protected and revered here. So, too, are the bats, bees, birds and wildflowers.
Under the Countryside Stewardship Scheme they have opened the farm to
groups and schools; children come from all over the area. They walk the
farm, dip the ponds, look at the old copper mine, study the wetland at
the bottom of the orchard. Then they go back to Nicky's studio to do art-related
projects. She is convinced that this is the way to ensure that they grow
up respecting the land and its bounty. With luck they will also find it
hard to bring themselves to buy and eat food that comes from factory farms.