News & Awards

7th Oct 2022

Our family farm, some of our wonderful producers, and our farming friends, feature in a brand new exhibition offering a unique insight into the everyday lives, fears and hopes of 40 extraordinary farmers throughout Cumbria.

In March 2021, British Life Photographer of the Year Amy Bateman embarked on a journey to record the stories of Forty Farms in the Lake District and Cumbria.

From the Herdwick-grazed Lake District commons to the big-sky Solway marshes; from isolated farmsteads unchanged in generations to businesses at the cutting-edge of innovation; from world-class sheep breeders to award-winning cheese-makers, the Forty Farms exhibition is a visual record of farming at a period of profound change.

Over the course of a year, Amy conducted frank conversations about the financial challenges of farming; about the tightrope balance of producing quality food in a nature-rich landscape; and about the highs and lows of working in an area that is known and loved internationally.

With contributions from, among others, best-selling author James Rebanks and L’Enclume’s Simon Rogan, veteran damson grower Harley Trotter and ‘king of the Herdwicks’ Anthony Hartley, Forty Farms offers a unique insight into the everyday lives, fears and hopes of 40 extraordinary farmers, through photography, film and words. 

The exhibition is accompanied by a coffee table book, with photographic prints and cards for sale. It is part of a Forty Farms Festival with talks, debates, films and creative classes.

See the story of the farms behind these products

High Chapel Farm, Orton

Our own family farm, just 2 miles away from Tebay Services, supplies our Kitchens and Butchery with beef and lamb. We also use wool from our flock to make sheepskin rugs, scarves and blankets for our Farmshop.

The Soap Dairy at Nibthwaite Grange Farm, Ulverston

Maria Benjamin makes traditional cold process soap using Jersey milk from the farm’s dairy cow, Buttercup.

Growing Well at Low Sizergh Farm

In our Kitchens at Tebay, salad leaves are sourced seasonally, when supply allows, from Growing Well, a mental health charity and horticulture enterprise located just 13 miles away from us, near Kendal. Growing Well work with adults who are experiencing mental ill-health and offer horticulture as a powerful alternative to talking therapy.

The Forty Farms exhibition is proudly sponsored by…