Visit an organic farm

Rising Sun Farm, Tyne and Wear

The Rising Sun Farm lies within the Rising Sun Country Park 8½ miles from Newcastle City Centre. It is located on the urban fringe and borders the historic town of Wallsend, also Battle Hill, Hadrian Park, Holystone and Benton.

Farm enterprise

The farm is a social enterprise managed by the Rising Sun Farm Trust producing arable crops on 23 hectares, horticultural crops on 1 hectare, and grazing and forage for a livery of more than 30 horses. Additional areas are managed as grass clover leys, green manure and wildlife food crops. The young woodland plantations are used as a recreational and wildlife resource.

Organic livestock

The farm has a foundation herd of rare breed Berkshire pigs and breeds Old English Pheasant Fowl and has a laying flock of light Suffolk hens. A programme to introduce rare breed poultry sheep and cattle is being followed.

Organic fruit and vegetables

The farm grows organic fruit and vegetables in the field and under cover. The vegetable growing area is on a rotation. The vegetables are harvested daily and sold fresh from the farm gate and the Countryside Centre. The Rising Sun Country Park restaurant uses much of the organic produce. The farm also provides an area for a local growing in the community garden used by local schools and residents.

Farm diversification

Farm diversification includes horse livery, amenity woodlands, a market garden and education and employment for adults with learning difficulties, some of which is operated in partnership with the local authority. The social benefits provided by the farm are a direct consequence of the profit making areas within the social enterprise. Without a livery these social benefits would not be realised. Farm wildlife The farm habitats support a number of nationally declining species including grey partridge, yellow hammers, bullfinches, linnets and skylarks. Other important species include brown hares, newts and bats – especially pipstrelles. A large number of bird species have been recorded in the area with the focus on the Swallow Ponds located within the Country Park.

Training and education

The Adult Social Care Day Service on the farm teaches horticulture, husbandry and craft skills - including producing fruit, vegetables and honey from beehives in the park. It also provides personal development and social skills training. The School Education Service demonstrates the process of getting food 'from the field to the table'. Children thresh and grind wheat to make flour, then prepare simple bread and bake it over an open fire. Vegetable growing is also a favourite and all learning is through participation and investigation. Supported by the Big Lottery Fund and Food for Life Partnership.

Farm shop

There are opportunities to purchase fresh organic farm produce from the farm and at the Countryside Centre.

Arranging a visit       

The Park and farm is open to the public every day from 9.00 – dusk with extensive walks around the farm and country park.

How to get there   

There are good transport links with excellent waggonway cycle links.
By car: Visitors are encouraged to park at the Countryside Centre and walk to the farm (15 minutes). The centre has disabled parking and good access. Some colour-coded walks are suitable for wheelchairs. The Park is accessible by road from the A19, follow the A191 and follow the brown tourist signs. If travelling from Newcastle, take the coast road (A192) and follow the brown tourist signs.
By bus: There are regular bus links to the ASDA supermarket (Benton), as follows: Newcastle Hay Market 355, Whitley Bay 343 and 344, North Shields 322, Morpeth 343, Cramlington 344.
By metro: There are frequent metros to Palmersville station. The Park entrance is a 15 minute walk from the station.  

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