WREN has announced that it has pledged £48,000 to fund the extensive renovation of Tatton Park’s historic agricultural mill – part of Tatton Farm’s wider ground-breaking Field to Fork project.
The three-storey Mill has remained closed to the public since the 1980’s, but will open in spring next year during the launch of Field to Fork. It will house a number of original machines from Tatton’s history, such as the winnower, hammer mill and chaff cutter. Visitors will be invited to see and hear some of the machines working again as well as entertaining guided tours, based on real characters, stepping back in time to learn about Tatton’s fascinating farming history.
Field to Fork is a £1.3million project that will tell the life of Tatton Park’s agricultural processes and community over the last few centuries - its buildings, machinery, the people who lived and worked there, the farming practices and animals reared over hundreds of years. From spring 2018, visitors will be given an experience like no other as they explore previously closed farm buildings, such as the mill and the slaughterhouse, and enjoy guided and virtual reality tours, demonstrations and interactive models. The project will follow the advances and changes in agricultural practices over time and visitors will be able to learn about where our food comes from, healthy eating and the story behind the food that reaches our plates.
WREN is a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community, biodiversity and heritage projects from funds donated by FCC Environment through the Landfill Communities Fund.
Carole Mullineux, Business Development Manager at Tatton Park, said: “Field to Fork is an incredibly exciting project that is the only one of its kind in the UK – and it has only been possible due to our partners. We are delighted to have received funding from WREN to help us restore the mill and machinery to help tell the story of the people who lived and worked here. Once finished it will be a truly unique visitor attraction featuring a slice of farming history and its relevance to our future.”
Richard Smith, WREN’s Grant Manager for Cheshire said: “WREN are delighted to be funding this unique project and I’m pleased the works have started. I’m really looking forward to seeing the completed project in Spring 2018 and am sure that this will be a fantastic visitor resource for many years to come.”