‘Live as if we will die tomorrow
but farm as if we will live forever.’
This is the ethos at the centre of Woodland Valley Farm, which has been in Jones family for three generations since 1960. The current generation of Jones’ to be the custodians of Woodland Valley Farm is Chris and Janet Jones, with their children Felicity, William and Jackie.
Woodland Valley Farm, an organic farm since 2002, is situated in Ladock, Mid Cornwall, just 8 miles from Truro and St Austell and only 20 minutes from Newquay and the Eden Project making Woodland Valley a perfect setting to spend time in Cornwall. And as its name suggests, the farm is located in a beautifully secluded valley, which also includes ancient woodland, ponds, streams, and wetland. It was originally part of the Trethurffe Estate and is mentioned in the Domesday Book.
Before returning to the family farm, I had a varied career including being a Policeman in Rhodesia/Zimbabwe, a Territorial Officer, a Forester, an Oilfield Specialist as well as farm and land management. In recent years my passion for sustainability and climate change adaption has seen me get involved in projects locally, nationally and internationally. Currently I am a member of the Barbets Duet network as well as the current Chairman of Transition Ladock and Grampound Road.
I was born in Canada and moved to Trenowth, near Truro, in 1962. I grew up in a farming environment and spent much of my time working on the farm. Upon leaving school I worked in the entertainment industry, designing and installing lighting and sound systems as well as becoming a BSAC diving instructor where I worked as a guide in the Red Sea. I have lived at Woodland Valley since 1995 and have been working and managing the farm ever since.
Custodians of Woodland Valley Farm
As custodians of Woodland Valley Farm, we want to share it with the wider community and use it as an outdoor classroom and have it founded on the themes of conservation and sustainability. In 2005 we set about carefully restoring our farm buildings into what they are today, fantastic 4 star group accommodation, that achieved a prestigious Gold Award from the Green Tourism Business Scheme, with 46 beds and a great multi-purpose space for dining, meetings, teaching, seminars and conferences. Needless to say we have a high degree of disabled access and the theme of social inclusivity runs through all that we do.
Upon completion of our facilities, we have hosted educational visits with students of all ages from Key Stage 1 to Post Graduate, including Fettes College, Abbots Bromley School for Girls, Brimsham Green Comprehensive and George Salter Academy.
During the school holidays we host youth groups, bands, the International Schools Theatre Association, church groups, retreats and so on. Our guests have come to us from as far afield as Japan, Sweden and the USA.
Woodland Valley Farm is also a great venue for corporate events, providing comprehensive training activities; meeting and conference facilities and we have catered for a variety of companies including News International, Buro Happold and AgustaWestland.
Private family parties also enjoy our hospitality, using our stunning location as a venue for weddings, significant birthdays, family reunions or simply a weekend break.
For all our guests we offer participation in courses, training and workshops but most importantly the sheer enjoyment of our farm and the opportunity to connect the food we eat with the countryside it comes from.