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Burpham Court Farm Park

Set in 76 acres of beautiful contryside with the River Wey at its heart.
Walk the banks of the river and admire the variety of wild flowers and natural habitats for plants, insects, birds and animals.
Bring the family to see our rare breeds of cattle, sheep, goats and pigs and llamas, ponies and guinea pigs.
Picnic or relax in the courtyard watching children in the play area.

Rare Breeds Conservation Centre

Opening Times and Admission

Opening Times
10:00 a.m.to 18:00 pm (or dusk) every day

Winter - please phone to check availability

Admission
Daily and Season tickets Available
Concessionary rates for OAPs, Students, DSS benefits

Address:
Burpham Court Farm Park
Clay Lane
Jacobs Well
Guildford
Surrey
GU4 7NA
UK

Tel: 01483 576089

For more information: www.burphamcourtfarm.com

A background and history to Burpham Court Farm Park

The farm was opened to the public in 1992 and was formerly a dairy farm. Now only 76 acres, it has been developed as a conservation centre, not only for rare breeds of animals but also for the variety of wildlife found in the woodland and riverside habitats.
Earliest records indicate Edward the Confessor's wife owned the farm, then a Norman Knight & then the Onslow family. Parts of the old farm house date back to 1642, and all of the farm buildings are constructed from old recycled timber as all the new timber was used for ship building. Several particularly interesting features of the main farmhouse are the bread oven on the north side, the built-in patterns of blue brick walls and diamond patterns of the tiled roof. The old grain store and hoist can be seen from the courtyard. Recent owners were the Duke of Sutherland and Paul Getty, but it is now tenanted by Bob and Margaret Dearnley.

Soil on the farm is very light sand on higher ground and heavy clay near the river on the flood meadows. Up to a third of the farm may flood in prolonged rain. The new bridge was built in 1993, and enables the animals to move easily around the farm without having to be moved by the road.

Burpham Court Farm Park is part of the conservation area known as the Riverside Park stretching from Guildford to Jacobs Well. We planted over 400 trees in 1993. Over the west of the farm, foxes and rabbits are common and Herons, Little Owls, Kestrels, Mandarin Ducks, Swans, Pewits, Canada Geese and Woodpeckers are frequently seen.

Most of the farm animals are on the Rare Breeds Survival Trust list, and unless carefully monitored, could well face extinction. Cows include White Park (brought by the Romans), Belted Galloway and Longhorn. Sheep include Norfolk Horn, Portland, Soay, Wiltshire Horn, Whitefaced Woodland, Leicester Longwool, Manx, Southdown and Shetland. Other commercial sheep are kept. Goats include Golden Guernsey and Bagot. We also have a collection of rare and less common hens, ducks, pheasants and peacock. Despite becoming known as the 'Llama' farm because "Del Boy" occupies the front paddock, we only have one family of llamas! The pig breed, Middle White is currently kept, which numbers fewer than 300 registered animals still in existence. Visitors can, if they wish, sponsor an animal for one year, receiving a certificate and ticket enabling them to visit the animal several times during the year.

Angling is available at the heart of the farm, and a nature trail along the riverside hosts much bird, animal and insect life as well as many unusual water loving plants.

Guided tours can be booked for groups, either on foot or by tractor and trailer and special tours and activities along with worksheets if required are provided for schools.

 

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