September, 2015

Charity event

News Release: ‘Music & Cake by the Lake’ – Sunday 20th September: 11am-3:30pm. Brathay Hall, near Ambleside.

'Music & Cake by the Lake' - Sunday 20th September2

Next weekend (Sunday 20 September) families and music lovers are invited to a ‘Music & Cake by the Lake’ fundraiser organised by the Ambleside based charity, Brathay Trust.
Backed by local family businesses and raising money for Brathay’s work with young people, there is music to suit all tastes. The line-up of local talent includes performances by:
• Furness Building Society Charity stars – Rita Baugh, Ben Lewis & Faye Bowness
• Disney characters ‘Elsa’, ‘Rapunzal’ and ‘Captain Hook’
• Becki Fishwick with retro and modern songs
• Kev Kendal with his version of Acoustic mod
• Bill Lloyd playing folk
• The award winning 25 piece all girl Choir Amabile close the day with their angelic tones.

A baking competition for under 16s, judged by local WI cake expert Dorrie Galbraith, and contributions from Ambleside’s Apple Pie Café , Lakeland and Carlisle based Pioneer Foods will keep cake and food fans happy too.

As well as a tots fancy dress sing-a-long there are traditional children’s games, bouncy castle, a treasure hunt, coconut shy and face painting – all taking place at the charity’s breath-taking location on the northern shores of Windermere.

Thanks to sponsors Glaxosmithkline, Roberts Bakery, Cumberland Building Society and Bluefin Insurance entrance to the event is FREE and free parking is available.

For more information please follow @brathay #musicccake.
Image shows a young baker practising for Brathay’s under 16s baking competition. Performer images are also available on request.

National Food Award

News Release: National Food Award for Historic Dairy Herd at Low Sizergh Farm, Cumbria


A Cumbrian farm, with pastures dating back to Viking times, has won a National Trust Fine Farm Produce Award for its Kendal Creamy cheese made from the herd’s milk.

Three generations of the Park family run Low Sizergh Farm – a working dairy farm with a shop, tea room, craft gallery and farm trail on the edge of the Lake District National Park in Cumbria.

In their 10th anniversary year, the awards recognise the best food and drink produced by tenants on farms and estates owned by the National Trust.

A panel of 12 food and drink experts, including the Selfridges food team, commented on the smooth, fine creaminess of Kendal Creamy and described it as “robust, with a strong, natural flavour”. Products not only have to excel in the obligatory taste test, but entrants to the awards also have to pass a checklist of environmental standards to guarantee the quality and origin of ingredients alongside high standards of production.

Commenting on the win, Low Sizergh’s Alison Park said:

“This award means a great deal to everyone involved in our business as it is national recognition of the work we are all so passionate about; reconnecting people with food, farming and the countryside. Kendal Creamy cheese, made by Chris Sandham, reflects our investment in good food produced with care and integrity; the flavour of the cheese alters with each season as the herd’s diet changes, and the secret of its creaminess lies in the effect that the Cumbrian rain has on the grass that the cows graze.

Richard Park added:

“As a working farm we are part of a vibrant rural economy. Not only do we produce excellent food but we also maintain our distinctive countryside – the fields, hedges, walls, wildlife, and historic buildings. This award recognises our commitment to natural grazing and shows that dairy farming has a positive future here at Low Sizergh Farm – we are adding value to the herd’s milk by producing our own cheese and that’s good news at a time when milk prices are low.”

The annual award ceremony took place in London on Tuesday 1 September.


Notes to editors

Three generations of the Park family run the business. Mum Marjorie and daughter Alison look after the farm shop, gift and craft galleries and tearoom, whilst son Richard runs the farm with son Matthew, and dad John jokes that he’s now the farm boy sent to run all the errands.

Sizergh is a Viking word meaning summer pasture, which reflects the length of time that the land has been farmed.

What you can find at Low Sizergh Barn: a farm trail through beautiful countryside around a working dairy farm, speciality foods in the late 17th century barn farm shop, craft and gift galleries, a herd of 170 Holstein, Swedish Red & Montbeliard cows, tearoom with a bird’s eye view of milking at 3.30pm each day, 700 laying hens, an orchard re-established with historic local varieties of damsons, plums, apples and pears and Growing Well, a community enterprise providing mental health support, horticultural training, educational visits and crop shares.