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A New Beginning For Lambing At Calke Abbey

Published: 18th March 2014 17:08

Lambing at the National Trust's Calke Abbey will be different in 2014 as there will no longer be the lambing tent in the park.

Lamb at Calke Abbey (c) Gillian DayLambing at Calke Abbey (c) Gillian DayLast year it was decided to sell the main flock of sheep as a result of changing priorities in the work undertaken at Calke Abbey. A smaller flock of around 50 Portland sheep will still graze the parkland. Portland sheep are a rare breed and they have been at Calke since the mid-18th century and are a significant part of the heritage of the park.

There will still be a lambing event but it will be on a smaller scale than in previous years. The main event will take place over two weekends, 29-30 March and 5-6 April, in the Large Kitchen Garden and at Home Farm, which is not usually accessible to the public. At Home Farm, ewes will be lambed in the tractor shed and visitors will get to learn more about the importance of our Portland flock and see lambs frolic with their mums in the Large Kitchen Garden. During the week, Home Farm will not be accessible but you will be able to see the lambs in the Large Kitchen Garden.

Bill Cove, Countryside Manager, says:

"Over recent years, it has become clear that the commitment for our ranger team to manage a large sheep flock limits the time available for higher-priority work. We are looking forward to a different lambing event this year and hope that visitors enjoy seeing a part of the estate they wouldn't normally get to see."

For more information about the changes please visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/CalkeLambs

Normal per person park admission applies and a garden ticket is required (members free).

Calke Abbey, Ticknall, Derbyshire, DE73 7LE
Tel:  01332 863822

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