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Rural crafts event in Hogshaw - Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 May

PUBLISHED: 10:58 14 May 2015 | UPDATED: 10:58 14 May 2015

New visitor attraction, Green Dragon Rare Breeds Farm and Eco Centre in Hogshaw near Aylesbury, will now host its first public event with a Rural Crafts weekend on Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 May.

Local crafters and food producers will be exhibiting in the Eco Centre and in the Paddock outside alongside the RSPB, Wildlife Trust, alpacas and sheep.

There will be craft workshops and demonstrations of willow making. Wildlife artists and photographers will display their work, jewellers of glass, silver and bead will explain their craft and there will be recycled furniture, wood and candles to enjoy. For the children, there are books, toys, messy play barn with sand and trikes as well as animals to feed.

The Eco Cafe will be serving their famous Dragon Burgers, homemade pies and delicious cakes. In the Paddock food will include roast lamb rolls, sweet and savoury crepes, vintage afternoon tea and traditional sweets, toffee apples and candy floss.

Green Dragon Rare Breeds Farm and Eco Centre has been the dream of owner, Ray Marzec. Ray’s long held ambition of opening a rare breeds farm became over the years the vision of a showcase – not just of conservation of endangered farm animals, but of good locally sourced food, heritage fruit and veg, renewable energy systems, waste prevention, and conservation of wildlife.

“I want it to be a place where people with similar passions can come together for education as well as enjoyment”, said Ray.

“I am delighted we are welcoming visitors at last. Still to come there will be nature trail, and an orchard and the walled garden has started to supply the café.”

The Eco Café is an ideal meeting place for families, friends, ramblers, cyclists and foodies generally. It is open daily from 9.30am-6pm offering, morning coffee, light lunches and afternoon tea and there is a seasonal menu with most of the food locally sourced. Fruit and veg from the Green Dragon garden and orchards. There’ll be somewhere comfy to sit for all ages and, on warmer days, outside by the pond is an ideal spot to take in the views. The facilities include baby changing and disabled toilets and lift.

For more information about the Eco Centre, visit www.greendragonecofarm.co.uk

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