Join Kate Beavan and husband Jim at Kate’s Country School… on their 800 year old, 300 acre Monmouthshire farm, location for the first series of Lambing Live.
20th February 2012. After many years of planning, Kate’s Country School opens for business this week (on Friday February 24th 2012), offering courses in traditional farming and countryside skills.
Kicking-off with a series of dates for lambing – the first of which is already fully booked – courses range from the more general “living with livestock” to specific subjects such as butchery (held at the family butchers shop in Abergavenny), shearing, wildlife habitats, dry stone walling and even cider making… “Book early for that one”, jokes Kate!
Designed for all ages and abilities… from complete novices and aspiring smallholders to more experienced practitioners looking to brush-up or extend their skills… the courses offer in-depth training, with limited numbers and professional, fully qualified tuition from Kate and Jim in person (supported by just a ‘select few’ hand-picked specialists). Combining lively, informative theory sessions with plenty of practical, hands-on experience around the farm, Kate and Jim will also happily tailor specific courses for private groups.
Kate’s Country School is a genuine opportunity to experience and practice rural skills on a traditional working farm; “We’re looking forward to welcoming smallholders into our family and sharing our farm with them for the day”, enthuses Kate. “It’s going to be very hands-on, with lots of learning, lunch round our kitchen table and plenty of laughs too… we’re all down to earth here and people need to come along expecting to get stuck in; I do hope they don’t forget their wellies!”
Kate’s Country School:
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Best known for “Lambing Live” and Kate’s role as the BBC One Show’s resident farmer, both Kate and Jim Beavan are widely experienced and qualified: Kate is a fully qualified Veterinary Nurse and NPTC Veterinary Medicines Assessor, with a BSc (hons) in Natural Sciences & Biology and an MSc in Environmental Conservation Management; she’s also a qualified teacher with 16 years lecturing experience in Animal Management, currently lecturing at Coleg Gwent. Jim graduated from Newon Rigg, Penrith with a College Diploma in Hill and Marginal Farming and worked as a shepherd on the Raby estate before returning to manage the family farm; he’s widely acknowledged and respected (not just in the UK) as an expert in sheep husbandry, a skilled stockman and gold seal shearer.
Great Tre-Rhew Farm – location for the BBC’s first series of Lambing Live – is a 300 acre traditional mixed farm in the beautiful Monmouthshire countryside, dating back to the 13th century. A haven for wildlife as well as a fully working farm, Great Tre-Rhew is home to sheep, cattle, pigs, chickens, geese and arable enterprises; plus otters, herons, kingfishers, wildflower meadows and more; and supports three generations of the Beavan family, all living on the farm.