News

This is the place to keep up to date with news of special events, culinary innovations and new arrivals among our herds of deer.

 

Deer Family Welcomes Distant Cousins

20.04.2021

Sky Park Farm Rangers are delighted to have settled in a new herd of 15 Sika deer.

Sika deer were introduced into Britain from the Far East in 1860. It is possible that almost all living English, Scottish and Irish sika are descendants from only one Japanese stag and three hinds introduced to Viscount Powerscourt’s deer park at Enniskerry, Eire in 1860.

Lily Twigger, one of Sky Park Farm’s Rangers, said “We are delighted to add this beautiful Sika deer herd to our family. Visitors will enjoy learning about the different species of deer and spotting the differences between the Sika, White and Red deer across the farm”.

Sika, similar to Fallow in coat colour, have heart shaped white markings with a black border on the distinct white rump and a short, white tail. There is often a dark coloured dorsal stripe running the length of the back. When fully grown stags weigh between 40 to 70kg and hinds 30 to 45kgs. By comparison, an average adult man in Britain weighs 79kg. You can track the Sika through its slightly smaller hoof prints (about 7cm).

Herd of Sika Deer at Sky Park Farm

CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE

03.12.2021

Winston Churchill famously said: “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” The joy for many of us over the coming weeks is the anticipation of Christmas, whether thinking through what will […]

SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY

27.11.2021

At Sky Park Farm we are passionate about sustainability. Across our farming practices, in our shops and The Grazing Rooms, we continually explore ways to deliver on our commitment. Our mission is to champion local suppliers delivering exceptional quality across […]

13th November is National Kindness Day.

13.11.2021

What is the true meaning of kindness? According to the dictionary, kindness is defined as “being friendly, generous and considerate”. Whereas being kind is doing “intentional, voluntary acts of kindness”.  Children learn their behaviour through mirroring their parents, family and […]