Heartwood Poultry rear free range chickens and ducks beneath the heart shaped wood at the foot of the Howgills in the Lune Gorge.
Over the years the distinctive heart shape of the wood near Tebay, clearly seen from the West Coast main line and the M6, has led to much speculation about the reason for its shape - planted by a farmer's daughter in memory of her dead sweetheart, planted in memory of a couple who died in a suicide pact or even the site of a second world war plane crash. In reality, although it may have been planted for some reason, it wasn't intended to be heart shaped but probably just grew that shape due to the lie of the land
The poultry roam the fields and roost in customised caravans which are regularly moved onto fresh pasture. All processing takes place on site using all natural seasonings and no added fat. Produce includes chicken and duck sausages as well as fresh turkeys, chickens and ducks.
David Knipe and son run the operation and are regularly to be found at farmers markets in Orton, Brough, Milnthorpe, Nether Kellet, Carlisle, Kendal, Brampton, Pooley Bridge, Bentham, Barnard Castle and Cartmell. Their produce can also be found at Westmorland Services (junction 38 on the M6), Kitridding Farm Shop and Burton in Lonsdale village shop.
Tours for groups of more than 6 can be arranged which promise of ‘sheep, cattle, feathers and a heart’. Bring your wellies!
Telephone: 015396 26040