We bought our 122 acre farm in 2008 and moved here in 2009, with our baby daughter Katie. Our flock was started with Scottish Blackface ewes from Angus’s family farm on the Isle of Coll. We breed replacement Blackface lambs for our breeding stock as well as scotch mule and cross lambs. Six hectares of the farm is given over to growing Christmas trees, including Norway Spruce, Nordman Firs and Fraser Firs at various stages of growth. Strathaven Christmas Trees sells local, fresh trees to Strathaven and the surrounding areas.
We spent two very cold and snowy winters, a milder one, and a very windy one in a static caravan at 700ft above sea level, now with 2 young children. At one point in the winter of 2012/2013 our very kind neighbour from the farm next door brought his tractor and hitched it to the caravan to stop it blowing away! We were very happy to build and move in to our house in 2013.
With a degree in agriculture and experience working on his Dad’s farm, Angus was accustomed to rural life but, with a background in nursing and teaching in the NHS, farming has been a steep learning curve for Emma. Lambing is a tiring but favourite time of year for the whole family; Katie and Rory are fully involved in hand-rearing any orphan lambs. Two of our bottle-fed pet lambs Isobel and Lizzie are now 7 and 6 years old and still come to say hello when we are out in the fields. Lizzie’s favourite trick is trying to climb into the farm buggy!
Katie and Rory (9 and 7 years old) love life in the country and have their own bee hives as part of a local community beekeeping group. Katie is a keen baker and Rory loves building things.
We are all excited to begin this new chapter and share our love of the countryside with our visitors. We look forward to welcoming you to The Heron Farm Shop & Kitchen and hope to see you soon!
-The Smith Family