MARY Arden’s Farm has been named the best organic farm to visit in the UK.
The Wilmcote-based former home of Shakespeare’s mother, cared for by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, scooped the Soil Association Organic Award after showcasing their dedication to animal welfare, protecting the environment and serving the community.
Judges including beauty-brand entrepreneurs Jo Wood and Liz Earle particularly liked how the farm offered visitors the chance to experience life on a 16th century farm, as William Shakespeare would have known it.
They also appreciated how its organic roots made it a ‘haven’ for rare breed livestock and wildlife.
Farm manager Joe Moore said: “Winning this award is a well deserved recognition of all the hard work our farm team have put in over the past 14 years. The award also highlights the important educational role visitor attractions, like Mary Arden’s Farm, can play in the organic movement.
“We are planning to build upon this award by enhancing our educational offerings and tying together the ideals of modern organic farming with the idea of preserving the rich biodiversity mentioned in the works of William Shakespeare himself. We also want to thank visitors to the farm, old and new, for their continuous support over the years.”
The farm closes for the winter on Monday November 3 but is open over half term for a number of Halloween activities.
Visit www.shakespeare.org.uk for more information.
Comedian Hardeep Singh Kohli presents the award to farm manager Joe Moore. (s)