Wren has recently announced that they have committed to invest £48,000 in order to fund the extensive refurbishment that has been planned for Tatton Park’s historic agricultural mill, a part of the wider ground-breaking planned work for Tatton Farm’s Field to Fork project.
The three storey Mill has been closed to the public since the 1980’s however there are plans to open the site by spring next year as part of their Field to Fork launch. The mill, when refurbished, will contain a number of original machines that are a part of Tatton’s history, including the winnower, hammer mill and chaff cutter. The visitors to the Knutsford attraction will be able to hear and see some of this historical equipment working again. The machines will also form a part of entertaining guided tours that will be based on real historical characters, allowing visitors to step back in time to learn about the amazing farming history at Tatton.
The Field to Fork project is expected to cost around £1.3 million and will tell the life of Tatton Park’s agricultural processes and community over the course of the last few centuries. The project will showcase the buildings and machinery at the Farm as well as the people who lived and worked there as well as the farming practices and the range of different animals that were reared on the farm over hundreds of years.
From Spring 2018, when the attraction is expected to be open to the public, the visitors to Tatton Park and Tatton Farm will be given an experience that is unlike any other as well as the opportunity to explore farm buildings that have been closed off for some time. These buildings include the mill and the slaughterhouse. The visitors will also be able to enjoy technological features such as virtual reality tours, demonstrations and interactive models of the farm.
With the advances that have taken place in agricultural practice over the years, it will be exciting for visitors to see how agriculture has changed while learning where their food comes from, healthy eating and the story behind the food that ends up on our plates.