Green Dragon Rare Breeds Farm is a site of forty-four acres, consisting mostly of grassland which is used for grazing and haymaking. The boundary consists of mature hedgerows and a few mature trees. There is a duck pond, reed bed, walled garden and orchard.
Our aim is to be greatly involved in the care and conservation of the countryside and the natural world, bringing together rare breed conservation and farming for wildlife in a way that both can benefit. To achieve this, we engage and enthuse our visitors with our four key areas of conservation and by doing so, strengthen the link between people and the natural world and rural environment for health and well-being and wildlife and rare breed conservation.
Key areas of conservation:
- Natural habitats that can co-exist and enhance the farm environment
- Existing wildlife that can thrive in our local environment and native wildlife that are introduced to the site for breeding purposes.
- Rare breed farm animals, particularly farm animals native to the UK
- The environment through the conservation of natural resources on a local to a global scale.
- Conserving Resident Wildlife
- Habitat Creation
- Careful and Considerate Farm Management
- Connecting People with Nature
- Conserving Rare and Native Breeds
- Work Towards a Sustainable Future
Our belief is that we can make improvements to our own land and practices to benefit wildlife and conserve rare breed farm animals which can only have a positive effect on the greater environment. By inspiring our visitors to better understand and value the countryside and the natural world, we pass on these best practices and promote conservation awareness.
Work in progress
On buying the land for the Green Dragon Project, the owners’ first priority was to begin to restore the natural environment that had been destroyed by years of intensive farming. Initial planting included heritage fruit trees to create the orchard and native fruiting hedging and willow for windbreaks. The walled garden and greenhouse were built and a reed bed created. On the back of this, a three-year bird survey began in 2014 which has seen a considerable increase in species visiting the site. In the same year, the wildflower meadow was seeded and more trees planted.
Plans for the future are to continue to conserve the site whilst educating the visiting public, schools and groups. These include the Wildlife Zone coming in 2018, and developing areas not yet open, such as the wildlife pond.