Home to a wonderful variety of traditional and rare breed livestock and poultry, our farm and its animals hold a very real place at the heart of the Heligan experience.
Rare Breed Farm Park
Recently awarded Rare Breed Farm Park status by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust, The Lost Gardens of Heligan are home to the first rare breeds park in the whole of the South West and one of just 23 in the United Kingdom!
We manage our farmland using a mixture of traditional breeds and sustainable, low intensity techniques like the ones practiced here for centuries. Meet our North Devons, British White and Highland cattle, Kerry Hill, along with Devon and Cornwall Longwool sheep - all of whom were potentially kept here over a hundred years ago. Wander through traditional hay meadows brimming with butterflies and swallows in the summer, and dried to feed our cattle in the winter.
The Poultry Orchard
The Poultry Orchard is home to traditional breeds of chicken, currently housed in a 'chicken tractor' that roams beneath old varieties of Cornish apple trees...
Our sensitive land management enables you to get up close to the land, encouraging the growth of a learning process about where our food comes from and how we work in harmony with natural habitats and native wildlife.
Our mixture of native livestock breeds reside at Heligan to sensitively manage our grasslands through a regenerative grazing rotation.
We are proud to be actively part of the RBST’s conservation breeding programme of many of our breeds and are committed to raising awareness, and numbers of these native animals. With a livestock events programme in its third year, we aim to get our visitors up close to our animals and to meet other local breed societies and dedicated breeders, so to educate, entertain and enable our visitors to get to know more about Home Farm and its residents.
Some of our stock is eventually produced for the Heligan Kitchen, providing outdoor reared, pedigree meat for our visitor to enjoy.
We are Red Tractor accredited.
What to see
Here is a list of the Rare Breeds you can expect to see at The Lost Gardens of Heligan:
- Welsummer Hens
- Le Fleche