MARY Arden’s Farm has picked up a rare honour.
The 23 acre organic farm has been awarded a Rare Breeds Trust Accreditation for its work with rare breed animals.
It is one of only 19 farms in the UK to receive the award, which recognises commitment to breeding and conservation of rare or endangered breeds of farm animals.
The farm, managed by Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, surrounds Mary Adren’s childhood home in Wilmcote. It is run by 32 staff and 15 volunteers who bring the 16th century farm to life with hands-on activities and costumed Tudor tour guides.
It has recently welcomed a number of new animals, including a rare Arapawa kid goat, and new Oxford Sandy and Black pigs. The resident Cotswold sheep and Brecon Buff geese continue to delight visitors.
Farm manager Andrew Walker said: “Our animals, many of which are similar in type to those Shakespeare and his family would have known, are kept in the highest possible standards of care and we are passionate about preserving rare breeds.”
Visit shakespeare.org.uk for further details.