The Tre Pol & Pen farm shop forms the newest part of a comprehensive scheme to enhance the sustainability of the Landue Estate and to help protect the future of the holding by providing a platform for rural shopping.
It seeks to improve the long term financial profitability of the farm and enhance the benefits for the local community in the form of employment and establishing the farm shop as meeting place.
The Landue Estate extends in all to approximately 500 acres mainly stocked with a herd of Devon Ruby cows, calves and sheep. The farm shop and café offers locally sourced and high quality produce from the farm and local area and provides customers with a greater understanding of their food’s provenance. In environmental terms, produce will reach consumers in a fresher condition having travelled a far shorter distance thus reducing ‘food miles.’
As part of wider community benefits, the public footpath from the farm shop to the village is to be upgraded with a link bringing the path into the western boundary of the site thus allowing pedestrians from the village to have direct, safe access to the facilities and to encourage walking. By providing a place to meet and shop locally Tre Pol & Penn has benefited the village of Lezant which previously had no shop or community space.
The farm shop sits within an area of Great Landscape Value and sensitive landscaping was key to the farm shop sitting well within its context. To mitigate surface water runoff and to enhance the biodiversity of the site a new lake has been formed that now provides the farm shop and cafe with a focal point.
The farm shop and café include an open plan retail area for shopping and light refreshment; butchery; bakery and kitchen cafe. The building is of level access and single storey making it easily and safely accessible to both visitors and employees.
We took great pride when we heard from the owners that a recent farm shop customer had commented, “the food was equally as good as the wonderful architecture!”