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Pierrepont’s dairy wins design award

by Rod Kebble

Pierrepont Farm’s new dairy, opened last April by CRT trustee Zac Goldsmith MP, has won the Special Award for Rural Conservation from Waverley District Council, the local authority within whose boundaries it is situated.

A winter view of the new dairy at the Countryside Restoration Trust's Pierrepont Farm.

The new dairy on a cold morning earlier this month. When the pond is not frozen, it is hoped that birds will be attracted to it and will use mud from its margins to build nests in the clock tower.

Accepting the prize — in the form of a glass brick — Robin Page, the chairman and a co-founder of the Countryside Restoration Trust, said “It is tremendous that the new dairy has been recognised in this way. It is a fantastic building.

“Not only does it confirm the CRT’s commitment to dairy farming, but it is a commitment to cow-friendly, farmer-friendly and wildlife-friendly farming.

“The building has been constructed to blend into its rural setting and we hope in due course to attract swifts into the attractive clock tower.

“Investing £900,000 into dairy farming at this time is a financial and farming risk and we believe that other, larger, wealthier charities should have led the way.

“However, none of those who could or should have set the example have shown any interest and so the CRT has again decided to try and lead the way.

“Jo Baker was very generous in gifting Pierrepont and its Jersey cows to the CRT. We are determined not to let her — or the cows — down.”

Robin was accompanied at the award ceremony, held on 7th December at Farnham’s University for the Creative Arts, by Paul Adshead from Farmplus, the company which built the wooden structure, and John Carver of Rural Associates, the project managers.

Also present was the CRT’s Office Director, Martin Carter, who added “We are obviously very proud of the new dairy and in winning this award it is my hope that it will give rise to our achievements being more widely recognised.”

Jersey cows tuck into breakfast at the Countryside Restoration Trust's Pierrepont Farm.

A couple of days after the ceremony, these Jersey cows were too busy tucking into breakfast in the new dairy to comment on the award.