Forward-thinking Staffordshire farm scoops more accolades to close the year…

Penkridge’s Lower Drayton Farm started the year on a high – being named New Tourism Business of the Year in the Enjoy Staffordshire Tourism & Good Food Awards for its PLAY@ farm attraction.

The 750-acre farm, which is run by two generations of the Bower family, is set to end the year on a similar note – having scooped no less than two accolades in the past week. On Tuesday 1st November – Back British Farming Day – 36-year-old Richard Bower was officially named Stafford constituency’s NFU Farming Hero having been nominated by MP Theo Clark, who said in her nomination:

“Richard has a passion for educating the public and has created many opportunities for them to come to the farm. He also uses traditional and modern methods to communicate and educate about modern farming. He has also taken environmental measures on the farm, which show a good example of how farming can work to tackle climate change.”

The farm’s environmental and conservation commitment was further recognised at the Staffordshire County Agricultural Society Dinner, where it was awarded the prestigious Whitegrove trophy as the best farm to demonstrate conservation practice alongside commercial agriculture in Staffordshire.

The award is particularly poignant, as it rewards what has been a lifetime of passion and commitment from Richard’s father, Ray Bower, which has seen the farm transition from being focused 100% on food production to being equally focused on producing food, renewable energy, enhancing the environment and providing public engagement opportunities on the farm. Farmer Ray said:

“What a year! There have been some significant challenges along the way – both in terms of the weather and the global financial situation, but continually adapting means we are more prepared to weather any storm. Naturally, I’m hugely proud that Richard has been nominated farming hero for Staffordshire for the very set of values that are core to the operation of our farm. Winning the Whitegrove trophy is also very special. The award has been going since 1983 and we are very proud to rank among the great Staffordshire farmers who have won it over the years.”

With the latest generation of Bowers already showing a keen interest in farming, the family is committed to continue working at the forefront of its field, as Richard explains:

“We are a family business through and through – having just welcomed our first baby with my wife Claire, and with my nephew Jack already very keen to join grandad whenever possible on the farm, the incentive is stronger than ever to ensure we keep investing in the future; adapting to mitigate against climate change and striving to meet the target NetZero in terms of carbon emissions by 2040.”

As part of their public engagement activities, the farm welcomes school visits for groups of all ages – with STEM subjects and the relationship between farming, the environment and conservation a specialism for KS3 and above. To find out more, head to www.playatthefarm.co.uk/learn 

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This lucky teddy’s getting a sneak preview of our Teddy Bears’ Tea Party Time story, 📖 written especially for our May Half Term event.
Part of the Teddy Bears’ Tea Party 🧸 experience will see you snuggle down with your favourite bear to enjoy this story being read to you (that’s after you’ve enjoyed a magical make-believe picnic)… 🧺
Who’s joining for for some half term fun on the farm next week? 
Find out more: https://playatthefarm.co.uk/may-half-term/
#daysoutwithkids #familydaysoutuk #LowerDraytonFarm #familyattraction #familydaysout #familyattractions #stokeontrent #westmidlands #daysoutwiththekids #wolverhampton #daysoutwiththefamily #EnjoyStaffordshire #cannock #westmidsmums #telford #farmvisit #stafford #penkridge #westmidlands

This lucky teddy’s getting a sneak preview of our Teddy Bears’ Tea Party Time story, 📖 written especially for our May Half Term event.

Part of the Teddy Bears’ Tea Party 🧸 experience will see you snuggle down with your favourite bear to enjoy this story being read to you (that’s after you’ve enjoyed a magical make-believe picnic)… 🧺

Who’s joining for for some half term fun on the farm next week?

Find out more: https://playatthefarm.co.uk/may-half-term/

#daysoutwithkids #familydaysoutuk #LowerDraytonFarm #familyattraction #familydaysout #familyattractions #stokeontrent #westmidlands #daysoutwiththekids #wolverhampton #daysoutwiththefamily #EnjoyStaffordshire #cannock #westmidsmums #telford #farmvisit #stafford #penkridge #westmidlands
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Tonight our farm team have started sowing our first 2024 environmental crops before the forecast rain 🌧️. 
These crops have 6 different species of plants 🌱 in the same field, they will provide flowers for our bees 🐝 pollination this summer and seeds for our birds 🐦 to eat in the winter. 
As well as providing habitat for lots of other insects 🐞 on the farm. 🌺🌽🌾🌻
You can learn more about farming and conservation on our summer farm trailer rides - all part of your PLAY@ visit! 
#wolverhampton #westmidlands #EnjoyStaffordshire #thisfarminglife #familyfarm #LowerDraytonFarm #farminglife #stokeontrent #familyattractions #daysoutwithkids #daysoutwiththefamily #farmattractionuk #familydaysout #familydaysoutuk #familyattraction #daysoutwiththekids

Tonight our farm team have started sowing our first 2024 environmental crops before the forecast rain 🌧️.

These crops have 6 different species of plants 🌱 in the same field, they will provide flowers for our bees 🐝 pollination this summer and seeds for our birds 🐦 to eat in the winter.

As well as providing habitat for lots of other insects 🐞 on the farm. 🌺🌽🌾🌻

You can learn more about farming and conservation on our summer farm trailer rides - all part of your PLAY@ visit!

#wolverhampton #westmidlands #EnjoyStaffordshire #thisfarminglife #familyfarm #LowerDraytonFarm #farminglife #stokeontrent #familyattractions #daysoutwithkids #daysoutwiththefamily #farmattractionuk #familydaysout #familydaysoutuk #familyattraction #daysoutwiththekids
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This afternoon Aberdeen Angus cow 🐮 Milkshake🥛 has given birth to a male calf. Cow and calf doing well and ready to meet you all this half term on the 🚜 tractor and trailer rides. We need name suggestions for the calf please. 
The winning name will win you family of 4 tickets to come to the farm this Summer half term 😊

This afternoon Aberdeen Angus cow 🐮 Milkshake🥛 has given birth to a male calf. Cow and calf doing well and ready to meet you all this half term on the 🚜 tractor and trailer rides. We need name suggestions for the calf please.

The winning name will win you family of 4 tickets to come to the farm this Summer half term 😊
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It’s another Teddy Bears’ Tea Party update with Eve - come and have a sneak peek as our magical new adventure takes shape. Don’t forget this is all part of your PLAY@ adventure over May half term!
Don’t forget your teddy! 🧸

It’s another Teddy Bears’ Tea Party update with Eve - come and have a sneak peek as our magical new adventure takes shape. Don’t forget this is all part of your PLAY@ adventure over May half term!

Don’t forget your teddy! 🧸
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Here’s Farmer Richard talking all about our new Farm Droid, Seed 3-PO; how it’s allowing us to test growing new crops at Lower Drayton Farm and how farming has changed in the 100 years since his grandad first started farming the land here using horse power!
PLAY@ visitors will be able to ‘meet’ Seed 3-PO this summer and we’ll also be out and about at various events with the farming robot as the centre of our Children’s Farm stand - the theme this year being ‘Farming for the Future: Embracing Technology’.
So, if you’re heading to Happy for you to the Staffordshire County Show, Love Cheese Live, the Stone Food & Drink Festival, Newport Show or Penkridge Children’s Markets make sure you stop by and say hello! 🤖
@agridroiduk @staffscountyshow @_lovecheese @stonefooddrink1 @newport_show @penkridgechildrensmarket 
#familyfarm #thisfarminglife #farmdroid #farminguk #farmingforthefuture

Here’s Farmer Richard talking all about our new Farm Droid, Seed 3-PO; how it’s allowing us to test growing new crops at Lower Drayton Farm and how farming has changed in the 100 years since his grandad first started farming the land here using horse power!

PLAY@ visitors will be able to ‘meet’ Seed 3-PO this summer and we’ll also be out and about at various events with the farming robot as the centre of our Children’s Farm stand - the theme this year being ‘Farming for the Future: Embracing Technology’.

So, if you’re heading to Happy for you to the Staffordshire County Show, Love Cheese Live, the Stone Food & Drink Festival, Newport Show or Penkridge Children’s Markets make sure you stop by and say hello! 🤖

@agridroiduk @staffscountyshow @_lovecheese @stonefooddrink1 @newport_show @penkridgechildrensmarket

#familyfarm #thisfarminglife #farmdroid #farminguk #farmingforthefuture
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Work experience Farm Student Delta is making some adjustments to Seed 3-PO our Farm Droid 🤖 before a busy weekend weeding our Leek, Beetroot and Red Onion patches. 
Everything is growing very fast this month 🚜🇬🇧
In the next few weeks Seed 3-PO will be hitting the road, joining our team at various shows and events - including the Staffordshire County Show - to help visitors learn all about the future of farming…. 
@agridroiduk @staffscountyshow  #EnjoyStaffordshire #familydaysoutuk #daysoutwiththekids #farmattractionuk #stokeontrent #thisfarminglife #daysoutwiththefamily #workingfarm #farminglife #daysoutwithkids #familyattractions #familyattraction #LowerDraytonFarm

Work experience Farm Student Delta is making some adjustments to Seed 3-PO our Farm Droid 🤖 before a busy weekend weeding our Leek, Beetroot and Red Onion patches.

Everything is growing very fast this month 🚜🇬🇧

In the next few weeks Seed 3-PO will be hitting the road, joining our team at various shows and events - including the Staffordshire County Show - to help visitors learn all about the future of farming….

@agridroiduk @staffscountyshow #EnjoyStaffordshire #familydaysoutuk #daysoutwiththekids #farmattractionuk #stokeontrent #thisfarminglife #daysoutwiththefamily #workingfarm #farminglife #daysoutwithkids #familyattractions #familyattraction #LowerDraytonFarm
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Today’s visitors have just seen cow Toffee 🐮 give birth to a female calf in the large animal zone. Cow and calf doing well and ready to meet everyone visiting this weekend. 
A customer at the farm has named the calf Angel 👼
Who’s coming to see her tomorrow? 
#farmattractionuk #thisfarminglife #familydaysoutuk #daysoutwiththekids #daysoutwithkids #stokeontrent #EnjoyStaffordshire #daysoutwiththefamily #familydaysout #workingfarm #farminglife #cowsofinstagram #cowstagram

Today’s visitors have just seen cow Toffee 🐮 give birth to a female calf in the large animal zone. Cow and calf doing well and ready to meet everyone visiting this weekend.

A customer at the farm has named the calf Angel 👼

Who’s coming to see her tomorrow?

#farmattractionuk #thisfarminglife #familydaysoutuk #daysoutwiththekids #daysoutwithkids #stokeontrent #EnjoyStaffordshire #daysoutwiththefamily #familydaysout #workingfarm #farminglife #cowsofinstagram #cowstagram
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Jelly Tot the donkey foal is waiting to meet all this weekend’s visitors in the outdoor animal paddocks…
Who’s joining us for a PLAY@ family day out on the farm? 🚜
#stokeontrent #familydaysout #farmattractionuk #familyattraction #familydaysoutuk #EnjoyStaffordshire #westmidlands #daysoutwithkids #daysoutwiththefamily #daysoutwiththekids #thisfarminglife #workingfarm #familyfarm #familyattractions #donkey #babydonkey #staffordshire

Jelly Tot the donkey foal is waiting to meet all this weekend’s visitors in the outdoor animal paddocks…

Who’s joining us for a PLAY@ family day out on the farm? 🚜

#stokeontrent #familydaysout #farmattractionuk #familyattraction #familydaysoutuk #EnjoyStaffordshire #westmidlands #daysoutwithkids #daysoutwiththefamily #daysoutwiththekids #thisfarminglife #workingfarm #familyfarm #familyattractions #donkey #babydonkey #staffordshire
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*COMPETITION CLOSED* 
Did you know that your PLAY@ family adventure over May half term will include our magical Teddy Bears’ Picnic experience? 
To celebrate, we’re offering the chance to win a family ticket to join us between Fri 24th May and Mon 3rd June. 
To be in with a chance of winning, simply answer the following question: 
Winnie the Pooh famously loves… 
A. Pie
B. Honey
C. Carrots 
Good luck! Please be scam aware and don’t click on links telling you you’ve won – we’ll announce winners and contact them direct. 
Ts & Cs: Entries close midnight on Sunday 19th May 2024. Winner will be picked at random from all entries across FB & IG. No cash alternative; prize not transferable.
#westmidsmums #LowerDraytonFarm #farmattractionuk #wolverhampton #familyattraction #EnjoyStaffordshire #familydaysoutuk #daysoutwiththefamily #westmidlands #daysoutwithkids #daysoutwiththekids #familydaysout #stokeontrent #codsall #familytime #Spring2024

*COMPETITION CLOSED*

Did you know that your PLAY@ family adventure over May half term will include our magical Teddy Bears’ Picnic experience?

To celebrate, we’re offering the chance to win a family ticket to join us between Fri 24th May and Mon 3rd June.

To be in with a chance of winning, simply answer the following question:

Winnie the Pooh famously loves…

A. Pie
B. Honey
C. Carrots

Good luck! Please be scam aware and don’t click on links telling you you’ve won – we’ll announce winners and contact them direct.

Ts & Cs: Entries close midnight on Sunday 19th May 2024. Winner will be picked at random from all entries across FB & IG. No cash alternative; prize not transferable.

#westmidsmums #LowerDraytonFarm #farmattractionuk #wolverhampton #familyattraction #EnjoyStaffordshire #familydaysoutuk #daysoutwiththefamily #westmidlands #daysoutwithkids #daysoutwiththekids #familydaysout #stokeontrent #codsall #familytime #Spring2024
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