‘Live as if we’ll die tomorrow, but farm as if we’ll live forever’.
Woodland Valley Farm has been in the Jones family for three generations and is currently run by Chris, Janet and their daughter Felicity.
Woodland Valley Farm has been organic since 2002. 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, Chris has had many carreers including being a Policeman in Zimbabwe, a Territorial Officer, a Forester, an Oilfield Specialist as well as a farmer. In recent years my passion for sustainability and climate change adaption has seen me get involved in projects locally, nationally and internationally. Currently he is a member of the Barbets Duet network and works closely with the Beaver trust.
Born in Canada Janet moved to Trenowth, near Truro, in 1962. She grew up in a farming environment and spent much of her time working on the farm. Upon leaving school she 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. Janet has lived at Woodland Valley since she married Chris in 1995 and has 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 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. Needless to say, we have a high degree of disabled access, and the theme of social inclusivity runs through all that we do.
Woodland Valley Barns
Upon completion of our facilities, we have hosted educational visits with students of all ages from Key Stage 1 to Postgraduate.
During the school holidays we host a range of groups. Our guests have come to us from as far afield as Japan, Sweden and the USA.
The Farm is also a great venue for corporate events, providing comprehensive training activities, meeting and conference facilities.
Private family parties also enjoy our hospitality, using our stunning location as a venue for weddings, 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.