Vaughan Family

Campview farm lies partly within a Special Area of Conservation (Dunmuckrum Turlough) and a Special Protection Area (Donegal Bay) and encompasses a range of coastal and terrestrial habitats including Ireland's most northerly turlough. It is a working farm but also involved in agri tourism, being on the Wild Atlantic Way; is a Bord Bia Quality Assured Farm and is actively engaged in Glás. Andrew and his family have a passion for wildlife , particularly the bird life of the Erne estuary which they share with the local community and tourists through interpretive walks of the farm. The farm has built up a relationship with local primary and secondary schools as well as language schools to share information on the natural environment and the history of the area. Innovatively, Campview farm recognizes the holistic health benefits of nature and are opening their facilities to social farming. Through this, Andrew and his wife Elspeth who is a nurse work with various stakeholders including the HSE to provide an 8 week placement, one day per week, for clients with mental health difficulties. The aim is to enhance their wellbeing by exposure to nature, develop confidence and self esteem and learn new skills with a view to returning to employment or education. Farm tours are also offered to residents of nursing homes and community hospitals to enrich the quality of life.

Nominator: Tim Roderick, District Conservation Officer, NPWS

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