The Good Life - Winter Issue

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Winter Issue 2020/21

A magazine for Jimmy’s Farm & Wildlife Park

MEET OUR TV STARS As seen on Autumn at Jimmy’s Farm

Exclusive Celebrity Interviews


Come and hang around with our first ever primates

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The Great Outdoors Why connecting with nature this winter is more important than ever

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Oh my, what a busy autumn we’ve had! Looking after and preparing our animals for the colder days ahead is a big job in itself, but on top of that, there’s been loads of other stuff going on at Jimmy’s Farm & Wildlife Park. We had a TV camera crew on site again filming for Autumn at Jimmy’s Farm, an amazing enclosure built for our first ever primates – two groups of Barbary macaques – and all the latest arrivals checking in, including a giant anteater, two rare breed Suffolk Punches and 6,000 turkeys. I get exhausted just thinking about it! With shorter and colder days to fill, it’s very tempting to switch to hibernation mode, make a duvet day extend into a whole season, reach for the biscuit tin and hunker down while waiting for winter to blow over. But if ever there was a good time to be outside – this is it.

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Ok, it might be difficult to plan ahead with Britain’s notoriously unpredictable weather, there’s a distinct nip in the air, and you might need a brolly to hand at all times just in case. However, being alfresco and connecting with nature this season will be crucial for our mental and physical wellbeing for the challenging months ahead. With so much uncertainty still in the chilling air over coronavirus restrictions, we all need an outlet that’s guaranteed to get us through the winter months. So, layer up, take a hat, pack a hot flask and head for the great outdoors – a world of wintry wonder awaits! I wish you and your families all the best for the festive season, and health and happiness for 2021.

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Contents 08 Shopping

36 Celebrity Interview

15 Taste the Good Life Again

40 Dream Weddings

16 Big Boost for Rare Breeds

44 Chills & Thrills

Indulge in some retail therapy at the fabulous shops here at Jimmy’s Farm & Wildlife Park.

Book in now for The Restaurant at Jimmy’s Farm & Wildlife Park.


How we’re steering support for domestic and heritage breeds across Britain and Ireland.

18 Winter Wonders

Barbary macaques, Suffolk Punches, a giant anteater…see all the latest arrivals and additions.

21 Monkey Business

Find out how we created the perfect home for our first ever primates.

25 Celebrity Interview Jamie Oliver reveals all about his lifelong friendship with Jimmy Doherty plus some delicious recipes.

31 Cover photography: Red Sky Productions


On your wedding day, you deserve everything you dream of – Jimmy’s Farm is just that…unique, relaxed and beautifully rural. Why we should all get outdoors and connect with nature this winter.

50 Talk Turkey

We catch up with turkey king, Paul Kelly, whose family began breeding the Christmas staple almost 50 years ago.

55 Sensational Squash

From bountiful butternut to plentiful pumpkin, we look at the myriad benefits of this seasonal wonder.

58 Exclusive Membership Offers

Get a year’s membership and 50% off entry to a host of major attractions plus much more – from just 9p a day!

31Lights, Camera, Action! 62 Outdoor Vault See all the fun behind the scenes during filming for Channel 4’s Autumn at Jimmy’s Farm.


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Ben Fogle chats exclusively about his travels, love of the wilderness and family life.

Check out our hand-picked selection of leisure, fashion and shopping essentials for exploring outside this winter.

CONTACT Jimmy’s Good Life Magazine DS Media, 7 Faraday Close, Oakwood Industrial Estate, Clacton-On-Sea, Essex CO15 4TR Advertising Enquiries: 01255 221322 Editorial Enquiries: Jimmy’s Good Life Magazine is published by DS Media on behalf of Jimmy’s Farm & Wildlife Park. The contents of this magazine must not be reproduced without permission. Jimmy’s Good Life Magazine is available at selected Waitrose and John Lewis stores throughout Suffolk & Essex. Jimmy’s Good Life Magazine is also available FREE to all visitors at Jimmy’s Farm & Wildlife Park, Pannington Hall Lane, Ipswich IP9 2AR

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Shopping Complete your family day out with our unique boutique shopping experience via our onsite shops, studios and eateries

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6 1. Carmella Knitted Cable Jumper There are many things we love about the colder weather – cold coastal walks, warm log fires, the return of snuggly jumpers...the list goes on. Great for adding a layer under a gilet or coat and scarf, this roll-neck jumper has been lovingly crafted from a chunky cable knit for extra warmth. £79.95

fleece-lined coat is the newest member of Joules’ ‘right as rain’ collection. With an adjustable hood and drawstring waist detail, this one is perfect for looking stylish while walking the dog. £169.00

3/4. Jenna Knitted Pointelle Stitch Jumper Slightly oversized and with pointelle detail to the top, this knit is the epitome of understated 2. Loxley Cosy style. Crafted from a Who doesn’t love a longmerino wool blend, it’s line, waterproof parka for perfect from the moment taking the edge off chilly leaves start to fall, all the days? This fully waterproof, way through to the first

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signs of spring. A layer that you truly need no excuse to wear. £69.95 5. Odette Long Sleeve Raglan Pop-Over This season’s smart casual look is covered thanks to this collarless pop-over shirt. Great for both at-the-office and weekend looks, it has long sleeves, a functional half-buttondown placket and an all-over ditsy print. Raglan sleeves and a curved hem have been added for a relaxed finish. £49.95


6. Thurley Knitted Bobble Hat So that you always feel inspired to get up and go for a stroll outside, even when there’s a chill in the air, take this ultrasnuggly hat. It’s made from a cosy knit, has textured detailing and is topped off with a fluffy pompom. Create the ultimate cold weather look with matching Thurley knitted gloves. £19.95

7. Emma Pu Bucket Bag Bold and beautiful, this bucket bag will leave you making room for ‘just one more’ in your collection. Easy for throwing over your shoulder and using for every day, this bag is made from a quality PU, has a slip-in pocket on the front and back, and beautiful, contrasting coloured handles that will add a pop of colour to your day. £59.95

Joules’ little gem of a shop is situated at the heart of the farm next to Jimmy’s restaurant

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Shopping Little Wattsits at Jimmy’s Farm & Wildlife Park has some great packages this winter to capture those precious memories. The 2021 diary is now open and booking up fast! This studio is different to many others, which charge for a photoshoot and photographs separately. All packages are all-inclusive, meaning the photoshoot and unlimited digital images are included in the fee.

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Little Wattsits is run by mum-of-three Victoria Upsher, a child and family photographer specialising in newborn photography.

Every usable image is professionally edited and emailed within 14 days of a shoot. All packages include full printing rights, allowing you to use, share and print as often as you like, wherever you like. From the moment you book, you know exactly how much it will cost to capture those precious memories to treasure forever.

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Newborn package £299 Cake smash £199 Child portrait £99 Family portrait, from £150 Seasonal, from £99 Please note that the studio is operating under Covid-19 government guidelines.

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The Seasalt Shore Foraging Tunic – Painted Blooms Thicket is a soft tunic crafted with in-seam pockets and made from midweight cotton jersey that drapes beautifully. Wear over some leggings for an easy outfit on lazy days or use as the perfect layer for a long winter walk – just cosy up with a longline cardigan, jeggings and boots or trainers. £55

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Dubarry’s Robinson Scarf in Navy is a solid coloured scarf featuring a subtle herringbone pattern. A lovely layer to keep seasonal shivers at bay, crafted using 100 per cent wool, it is soft, lightweight and adds a touch of style to any outfit. £39


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This versatile Barbour Finn Gilet in Olive is cut to a relaxed fit with room to accommodate layers and is crafted with a large-scale, box-quilted outer featuring welt pockets, a two-way front zip and a stand collar, lined with heavyweight needlecord for softness against the skin. A leather patch trims the rear neck and a large-scale version of Barbour’s signature tartan adorns the lining. £79.95



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Shopping From winter planting to rewilding to garden art, The Potting Shed at Jimmy’s Farm & Wildlife Park is a ‘go-to-must’ for green-fingered enthusiasts.

The Potting Shed offers quality plants, garden furniture and much more while supporting other small businesses by sourcing from local craftsmen and traders. It is run by plant lover, Keith Bodsworth, a qualified Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) gardener and strong advocate for the conservation and preservation of British wildlife. The Potting Shed has an ethos of rewilding gardens and upcycling and recycling items wherever possible. Handmade, locally produced bird tables and bird boxes are available all year round and there are wildlife items aplenty – from bug houses to the perfect plants for your garden. Garden art and metal sculptures are found dotted all around the centre – there’s a plethora of concrete sculptures and ornaments to suit all tastes. If you prefer some classic animal magic, take a little piece of the farm and wildlife park home with you in the form of either a proud peacock or a beautifully welded item by the inhouse sculptor, Shaun. All commissions are welcome and there are pieces for all budgets. One-off, hand-crafted furniture for both inside and out is available every day. Each item is made locally,

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and you can be reassured that the centre has gone the extra mile to source the best quality garden furniture just for you. From well-built, treated benches and picnic tables to elaborate oil drum art, the centre’s stock changes every week. There are surprises in store every time you visit.

The Potting Shed is open daily from 9.30am to 4.30pm – alternatively, you can order online on (just include your full name, an address and a contact number).

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Taste the good life again!

Get booked in now for The Restaurant at Jimmy’s Farm & Wildlife Park – from breakfast to lunch to afternoon tea! After the hardest of times following coronavirus restrictions, we are ready and waiting for you to join us again in our lovingly restored, 200-yearold barn, which provides a wonderfully rustic yet contemporary, timber-framed setting. Our dedicated chefs have the best home-grown ingredients available at their fingertips, as well as the finest locally produced ingredients. Our Sunday roasts are legendary – and our Yorkshire Puddings are huge! *The Restaurant will be open Wednesdays to Sundays, while our Field Kitchen, situated in the old cattle yard at the heart of our beautiful Herb Garden, will open Mondays and Tuesdays for coffee, tea, hot chocolate and snacks.

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Big boost for our rare breeds BIAZA announces new group chaired by Jimmy’s Farm & Wildlife Park’s General Manager, Stevie Sheppard, to support domestic and heritage breeds.


omestic and heritage breeds deserve the full support and expertise of Britain and Ireland’s incredible zoos. That’s why the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) is excited to be launching a brand-new group dedicated to supporting work around domestic stock and heritage breeds. The group, chaired by Stevie Sheppard, General Manager at Jimmy’s Farm & Wildlife Park, will bring together some of our community’s top experts in this field, and promises to get as many zoos as possible talking about rare domestic breeds.

Strengthening links

The forum will discuss subjects such as developments in husbandry and care, priority breeds and studbook collaboration. It will identify priority areas for research around the care and conservation of these mammals and birds, ultimately working to ensure that the stock held by the zoo community receives optimal care and is well managed at population level. Stevie says: “This is a fantastic opportunity to take the conservation

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of rare breeds forward. I have a passion to look after our rare domestic breeds for our future generations and I can’t wait to share that with zoos across Britain and Ireland.” The Domestic Focus Group will work alongside existing expert groups which focus on the more exotic species cared for by zoos and aquariums, such as elephants and apes. Nicky Needham, Acting Director at BIAZA, comments: “In working as a community to tackle the rapid decline in global biodiversity, it is important not to overlook our rare domestic breeds, and the contributions they make to our national farming heritage, and also to habitat management and conservation. “We hope that this group will be able to strengthen links and work with other organisations, such as the Rare Breeds Survival Trust, to identify priority breeds and other areas we can collaborate together on.” It is hoped the group will be a source of positive conservation action after a worrying year for zoos, that has seen many struggle to keep up their amazing conservation work in the challenge of the coronavirus pandemic.

Rare breeds: one of our Buff Orpington chickens; left, Brenda, our Devon Closewool sheep; and below, a very cute Middle White piglet

“I am really excited to work with Stevie and our experts to give our domestic breeds a bright future in BIAZA zoos,” adds Nicky. Jimmy’s Farm & Wildlife Park is home to 80 species and breeds, with conservation work at the core of its mission. We are proud to be a member of the Rare Breeds Survival Trust (RBST), whose mission is to ensure the country does not lose the diversity of its native breeds, and Jimmy has a pivotal role as the organisation’s president. There are around 30,000 herds and flocks of native breeds in the UK, contributing more than £700 million to UK local economies.

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Winter wonders

From cheeky monkeys to beautiful Suffolk Punches to a giant anteater, get those wellies on, wrap up and embrace The Good Life with all the latest additions and arrivals at Jimmy’s Farm & Wildlife Park!


fter a super-busy autumn with a film crew on site, awesome new building projects and a wave of new arrivals checking in, we can’t wait to see you for a winter of fun, adventure and wild activities. We’re very excited to unveil our amazing new enclosure, which has been built for our first ever primates! Jimmy’s Farm & Wildlife Park is now home to two groups of 10 Barbary macaques, the only species of monkey without a tail.

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“One of the groups includes a male which was badly treated and two abandoned females rescued by AAP in the Netherlands, which works hard to give primates and other exotic mammals a better future,” explains General Manager Stevie Sheppard. “The other group includes two males and five females, which have come from Alicante in Spain – one had been smuggled out of Morocco.” The Barbary macaque is the only species of its kind found outside Asia and the only primate species found north of the Sahara in Africa. They are found in Morocco and Algeria, and Gibraltar also has an introduced population. Part of the European Endangered Species Programme (EEP), we hope the two groups will get to know each other well and create some beautiful, best-of-breed babies! You can horse around with our two new, gorgeous, rare breed Suffolk Punch horses, fillies Annabel and Annie, who have joined our everexpanding family and are settling in very well to their new home.

Traditionally, the Suffolk Punch was bred to work the clay soil of East Anglia, but it’s a versatile breed and still used in farming. “They are stunning animals and love their carrots,” says Stevie. “They’re very big and measure about 17 to 18 hands, and one has a blond mane which makes her so pretty! “They were given to us by their owner from Cambridge, as he’s not been very well, and we hope to breed them in the new year. They are a rare breed, so it’s really important that we continue to breed them.” Our new giant anteater, Basil, has joined us from Longleat Safari & Adventure Park in Wiltshire as part of the EEP and is making his home next to our cute capybaras and characterful camels. He’s a one-year-old and has a grassed area, woodland and his own marsh to roam around. Giant anteaters are among the most threatened mammals in Central America, where their grassland habitats are threatened by human activities. We’ve built a brand-new aviary for our comical kookaburras, Karl

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and Susan (named after characters from Aussie soap Neighbours), so they now have a beautiful, big space to flex their wings. Situated just outside the Reptile House, come and see these fantastic birds. We’re also delighted to announce that there will soon be the pitter-patter of tiny hooves as our gorgeous tapir, Tip-Tap, is pregnant! “It really wasn’t expected to be honest,” says Stevie, “but we’re obviously delighted for her and the proud father-to-be, Teddy, and their baby is due in May.” There’s nothing quite like reindeer to help us feel festive. Come and see our four reindeer – Dolph, our male, and females, Star, Mistletoe and Rowan. And not forgetting, Fern the fawn, our supercute roe deer who was hand-reared after being rescued.

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A male’s antlers can be up to 51 inches (1.3m) long, while a female’s antlers can reach 20 inches (51cm). Antlers fall off and grow back larger each year!

The ‘laughing’ kookaburra is native to the eucalyptus forests of eastern Australia and is the largest member of the Kingfisher family, with females growing to 18 inches in length and a 4-inch beak that’s capable of snatching a small snake.


Suffolk Punch horses are classified as Critically Endangered by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust (of which Jimmy is president), with less than 500 pure-bred Suffolk horses registered in the UK now, making them more endangered than the giant panda.


Tapirs are pregnant for around 13 months and give birth to only one calf at a time. A healthy female tapir can reproduce every two years.


The giant anteater is the largest of all four anteater species, reaching up to eight feet long from the tip of its snout to the end of its tail. Anteaters have no teeth, but their long tongues can lap up 35,000 ants and termites to swallow whole each day! Now that’s thirsty work!

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A ni m a ls Tell us about this exciting new enclosure and how it all came about. Stevie [General Manager] had seen some previous big builds we had done; building a huge adventure playground for goats as a team build and creating some tall climbing frames for squirrel monkeys very much like this one. He wanted to bring that kind of design into the new macaque enclosure and we were very happy to oblige!

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What has the work involved? Our section of the project was focused on creating a climbing structure in the large paddock enclosure. From the brief, we knew that there were two groups, one made up of individuals who would be rescue animals, so were likely to have physical restrictions and possibly behavioural issues depending on where they came from. That is the reason for the giant fire hose hammock, which is easily accessible and a comfortable seat for geriatric individuals, as well as providing opportunities for physical therapy throughout as they move around.

We catch up with Mark Kingston Jones and Chris Hales, Co-Founders of Team Building with BITE, which has just built an amazing monkey enclosure for our new Barbary macaques at Jimmy’s Farm & Wildlife Park.

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Conversely, the second group would be a breeding group, so likely to be made up of fit and healthy individuals, and in the future youngsters that we wanted to ensure had lots of opportunities for play and developing physically and mentally, so lots of chunky roping to swing and climb on, and wobbly bridges to develop their balance and coordination. With the site being quite exposed, the other design focus was providing shelter from the elements, so built-in windbreaks in different orientations so that even when the wind and rain is bad, they still have plenty of outside options. Rather than leaving the backs of these as wasted space, we built climbing handholds into each one to further enhance the climbing opportunities for the youngsters. The public want to see these amazing animals in action, so making sure the design allows the animals to feel happy and comfortable, while showing off their incredible abilities is a big part of what we do. This includes creating places for the animals to hide themselves away if they want to, which might seem counterintuitive, but actually when the animals know they can disappear any time they like, they are more likely to choose to be out in full view.

completely, so we did not just want to create huge towering structures, like we’ve done in the past – that would be of less use to them. Instead, we designed the structures to be wide and lower, with feeders built into the design on the lower levels of all the major structures, which is important to keep them moving around – again great for visitors, but also important for any social species as, while they often like to hang out together, they also need the chance to get away from each other, too, like any family group.

The windbreaks also help with this, providing visual barriers from other monkeys and the public. How do you feel now it’s all done? It was awesome to be involved in this project. Being given the opportunity to design and build the climbing structures for these rescued primates is an honour. It really is an amazing feeling to receive a blank canvas to create something especially for an animal species, and the brief for this project was a great challenge. We love the

How long did it take to build? The full enclosure was due to be done in six weeks, but for our section of the build, we created the design in just a few days, and then three of us had just five days to finish this mammoth task. How has the enclosure been constructed to consider the Barbary macaques’ specific needs? In the wild, Barbary macaques can be much more terrestrial, or ground based, than other primate species. As their diet changes so drastically through the year, they only tend to be really arboreal [tree dwelling] during the winter months when ground foraging opportunities disappear

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process of going through the design stage, and then watching it grow and develop over the building days. We cannot wait to see the macaques enjoying their new home! What are the aims of your Patreon project? In 2010, we were looking for ways to improve the lives of exotic animals through enrichment. Enrichment entails items like feeding devices or enclosure furniture, that promotes their mental and physical wellbeing. In the animal world, however, time and resources are always limited, so we needed a different way to develop our ideas, and so our team building workshops were born. Corporate groups join us to build enrichment items for the animals, paying for the materials needed to complete the job, and as a reward get to watch the animals respond to their efforts. In 2014 we became self-employed to really develop this concept further, not only focusing on improving the welfare of animals, but in how we could truly enhance the human teams in the process. Lockdown has stifled our efforts, but necessity is the mother of invention, leading us to a subscription service where our patrons fund us to build and develop new enrichment for different animals each month – allowing even more people the amazing feeling of directly improving animal welfare. The Patreon platform has been a real release for creativity. Guided by the animals’ natural behaviour, in the last three months we’ve renovated an enclosure for rescued ex-pet monkeys, developed a suspended feeder for the incredibly agile kinkajous, designed a timed feeding device triggered by melting ice cubes for nocturnal species like the rare and elusive Owston’s civet, and just last month created a new feeder for wild equids like zebra, as well as domestic horses.

To help even more animals, we’ve now added an option to gift an enrichment item to a specific animal, which we will build, deliver and publicly thank you for, creating a unique sponsorship option for companies, or a truly memorable birthday or anniversary gift for a loved one! A huge thankyou to all our project suppliers, including Arnold Laver Timber, Brett Aggregates, Buildbase, CHCUK, JCB, MSC UK, Ryobi and Safe 4.

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MSC UK was delighted to support this project with the donation of four end of service shipping containers. Owing to their hard wearing, easy to adapt nature and the ability to maintain high levels of cleanliness, the containers (2x40ft and 2x20ft) made an ideal starting point to convert into a sustainable, specialised animal enclosure. Dan Everitt, MD of MSC UK, says: “It’s been a great opportunity to support and collaborate together as local businesses which share values. A new relationship which I’m sure will continue for many years to come. I look forward to visiting with my family once again.”

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Their name comes from the Barbary coast of North West Africa and they tend to live in groups of 30 to 80, so plenty of monkeying around.

Barbary macaques are synonymous with the Rock of Gibraltar where there are about 230 individuals living in six groups.

10,000 The Barbary macaque is threatened by habitat loss, overgrazing and illegal capture. Classified as Endangered by the IUCN, the species has declined over recent decades and the remaining number estimated in the wild is 8,000 to 10,000.



The Barbary macaque can live for up to 30 years.

Adult males are 22 to 28 inches in length or 55 to 70cm, larger than females.

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“I asked if I could have a go and he whacked me around the head with a truncheon.” Tell us all about Jamie and Jimmy’s New Year’s Feast on Channel 4. What can viewers look forward to? Right now, we need to grab every opportunity we get to have a good time with our loved ones, whether that’s in person or on a video screen. And for me, good food has gotta be at the heart of that. The start of a new year has got to be one of the best reasons to have a knees-up, and you can expect everything you’d usually get from me and Jimmy – epic recipes, tips, tricks, laughs, drinks and a bit of good old banter. We might even throw a game or two in the mix. Watch this space! Wherever you’ll be and whatever you’re doing, we’re here to help you get in the party mood. You and Jimmy have a lifelong friendship that goes back to your school days – can you remember when you first met and did you hit it off from the outset? We met on my first day of nursery, so I would have been about three years old at the time. Jimmy was dressed as a policeman, going round and round on his tricycle. I asked if I could have a go and he whacked me around the head with a truncheon. I’ve loved him ever since. I couldn’t ask for a better friend, he’s always there when I need him – in good times and bad – and he always puts a smile on my face. He’s one of the funniest, cleverest people I know. There’s not much I don’t know about him; I’ve even seen him naked (several times)! What’s held your friendship together all this time – are you two peas in a pod or are you the ‘ying’ to his ‘yang’? Jimmy and me are both quite strange if I’m honest. It’s almost like together we’ve got this invisible pressure valve. We can both be quite intense, study hard, be technical and remember detail, really geeking out and getting interested in stuff, but if we do it for too long we have to release the pressure valve and we become a couple of complete jokers!

Luckily, we understand each other so we know when those moments are coming – and hopefully they’re in private! How old were you when you first became interested in food and cooking – was there an awakening moment? I grew up in a pub, so I started cooking at a young age and helped my dad in the pub kitchen, cooking everything from beautiful fish dishes to roast dinners. I wouldn’t say there was one special moment, but I do remember doing a roast chicken when I was about 10 and being praised for it. I wasn’t very good at school, so to finally find something that I was praised for felt really good. I didn’t think then that I would become a chef, but I certainly knew I enjoyed cooking. What were your first aspirations as a child for a career, and did those hold fast or chop and change along the way? I’ve always loved woodwork, so I thought at one point I might become a carpenter. I still enjoy whittling wooden sticks. When you look back at your hugely successful career as a TV chef and restaurateur, did you ever imagine life would turn out like this? What’s been the secret to your success? If I think back to the days of The Naked Chef, I was just a keen, excited young lad who loved cooking and was happy to be able to share that. I honestly had no idea what it was going to be like, so when it all kicked off it was really quite overwhelming. Who’d have thought within a few months of the show going out I’d be asked to cook at No 10 for Tony Blair? Or that I’d hear Zoe Ball on the radio saying that she'd cooked Fatboy Slim my seared tuna for dinner? It was mad. As for a secret, I’d say it’s important to surround yourself with the best people, to go with your gut instinct, and don’t be scared to take risks – I haven’t always got it right and I’m the first to admit that, but I’ve learnt a lot along the way.

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What is your go-to comfort dish, your desert island ‘must-have’ ingredient and your ultimate showstopper? If I’m not feeling my best, something spicy and warming will usually do the trick – I reckon a simple spaghetti arrabbiata with just the right amount of chilli, crunchy breadcrumbs and Parmesan. There are two loyal contenders for my must-have ingredient – lemon and chilli. Both mighty, both game-changing, they each have the power to transform a dish. And if you want to use them together, well, that’s a whole other story. And my mum’s retro seven-layer trifle at Christmas is hard to beat for a show-stopping pud. Have your children inherited your love of cooking, and do they ever rustle up something for you and Jools? Buddy is my little helper in the kitchen. He loves it. I’m not sure he wants to be a chef, but he definitely loves cooking. All the kids are pretty good, to be honest, and happy to help out with little jobs in the kitchen. You’re incredibly passionate about your work and have led some very high-profile campaigns to tackle nutrition issues and childhood obesity. Do you feel optimistic about the nation’s future health? Tackling childhood obesity is my major focus. Yes, it’s a big challenge, but there are some really exciting ideas developing about how to make our whole environment healthier. Plus, we’ve already made some positive steps, such as the ban on junk food ads across the whole TfL network. There’s obviously a lot going on right now, but if we keep the end goal in sight and keep chipping away at it, hopefully, we’ll make some real and measurable progress. If there is one thing that you’d like to be remembered for, above all others, what would that be? I hope people will remember me as someone who made a positive difference to a lot of people’s lives through food – or at least tried to.

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Jamie’s winter warmers Mushroom toad-in-the-hole Serves 4

Cumberland roast chicken Serves 6

Ingredients 4 large free-range eggs / 175g plain flour 175ml whole milk / 4 large portobello mushrooms olive oil / 2 onions / 4 sprigs of rosemary 250ml smooth porter red wine vinegar / 2 cloves of garlic

Ingredients 1.2kg potatoes / 2 parsnips / 2 leeks / olive oil ½ a bunch of sage (10g) / 3 higher-welfare Cumberland sausages 1 x 1.5kg free-range whole chicken / 1 pear 85g watercress

Crispy garlic, porter & onion gravy spiked with rosemary Total time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Roast potato, parsnip, leek & sage traybake, pear & watercress Total time: 1 hour 45 minutes

Method Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Scrub the potatoes and finely slice, then wash, trim and finely slice the parsnips and leeks.

Method Preheat the oven to 200ºC. Whisk the eggs, 150g of flour, a pinch of sea salt, the milk and 2 tablespoons of water into a smooth batter, then put aside. Peel the mushrooms, saving the peelings. Place the mushrooms cap side down in a large non-stick roasting tray, drizzle with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and season with salt and black pepper. Roast for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, for the gravy, peel the onions and finely slice with the mushroom peelings, then place in a pan on a medium-low heat with 2 tablespoons of oil. Strip in half the rosemary and cook for 15 minutes, or until dark and gnarly, stirring occasionally. Add the porter and 2 tablespoons of red wine vinegar and let it reduce by half, then stir in the remaining flour. Gradually add 700ml of water, stirring regularly, then simmer to the consistency of your liking and season to perfection. Peel and finely slice the garlic, pick the remaining rosemary, then drizzle and rub it all with a little oil. Remove the tray from the oven and put the mushrooms on a plate for a moment. Working quickly but carefully, pour the batter into the tray, sit the mushrooms towards the centre, then sprinkle over the oiled garlic and rosemary. Return to the oven for 25 minutes, or until puffed up and golden. Serve with the gravy.

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Place it all in a 30cm x 40cm roasting tray, and toss with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, a pinch of sea salt and black pepper and the sage leaves (reserving the stalks and a few leaves for later). Squeeze the sausagemeat out of the skins and scrunch together. Pull up the chicken skin at the tip of the breasts and use a spatula to gently separate the skin down the breast meat, then poke half the sausagemeat into each side, smoothing it out as you go. Secure the skin with a cocktail stick. Rub the chicken all over with a pinch of salt and pepper and 1 tablespoon of oil. Stuff the sage stalks into the chicken cavity. Place the chicken directly on the bars of the oven with the tray of veg underneath, and roast for 1 hour 20 minutes, or until everything is golden and cooked through. With 10 minutes to go, sprinkle the reserved sage leaves over the tray of veg, so they crisp up nicely. Very finely slice or coarsely grate the pear and toss with the watercress. Sit the chicken on the veg and serve everything together at the table.


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The nation tunes in again to Channel 4’s Autumn at Jimmy’s Farm to see life for our amazing animals, new arrivals and sad farewells to some of our favourites!


fter the huge success of Spring at Jimmy’s Farm during lockdown, our farm and wildlife park returned to TV screens across the country this autumn. A film crew from Red Sky with Parky Productions filmed our animals and team for the Channel 4 series, Autumn at Jimmy’s Farm, as we prepared our family for the cold months ahead. Jimmy’s Farm isn’t just home to pigs and sheep - there’s also beautiful woodland and a wildlife park full of exotic animals. With 80 breeds and species to look after, including 23 rare breeds, there’s always a big list of work to do.

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Special During the first series, which was filmed during the initial lockdown, viewers were given access behind-thescenes to see how much needs to be done even without visitors. This time, our visitors were back as the cameras rolled, capturing some truly memorable moments. The latest four-part series offered the chance to see autumn in the countryside unfold week by week. “While the world around us has been full of uncertainties, for me the changing seasons are a constant and reliable comfort,” said Jimmy. “Autumn is my favourite time of year.” Once again, viewers were given a glimpse of the huge dedication, care and love that goes into looking after our animals every day.

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“It may have been a hectic autumn, but it’s one I’ll never forget – our Barbary macaques are the icing on the cake... the start of something big.”

Highlights included our new litter of rare breed Middle White pigs, discovering our endangered lowland tapir, Tip-Tap, is pregnant, and moving our resident kookaburras, Karl and Susan, to their fantastic new enclosure. We also made plans for a sanctuary for our very own 'Bambi', orphan Fern, and other rescued wildlife. Amusement was provided by the amorous actions of our pigs and sheep, our mischievous meerkats, and Jimmy getting to grips with our rare breed turkeys. There were also some incredibly sad moments, such as when we had to say goodbye to our wonderful wallabies, Wendy, who had an abscess, and our poorly, much-loved albino, Jenson. But life never stops at Jimmy’s Farm & Wildlife Park. We welcomed our latest arrivals, including two stunning Suffolk Punches and our awesome giant anteater, Basil, and we undertook our biggest building project yet – a stunning enclosure for our new Barbary macaques. "It may have been a hectic autumn, but it’s one I’ll never forget," concluded Jimmy. "We’ve had some downs, but they’ve been far outweighed by the highs – like all our new arrivals, passing our zoo inspection and achieving more than I ever thought possible back in spring. "Our Barbary macaques are the icing on the cake. They represent the future – for me, they’re the start of something big."

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‘All from the boy who failed English’ Adventurer and broadcaster Ben Fogle talks exclusively about his travels, love of the wilderness, family life and immense pride as a best-selling author. We catch up with you during what have been the strangest of times – how was the initial lockdown for you? I always try to look for the positive and, for us, it was quality family time. I usually spend upwards of eight months overseas and, for the first time in my working life, I had almost six solid months with my wife and children. We grew a vegetable patch, we nurtured our garden, we went for wild walks, we camped in the garden and we made the most of the most extraordinary of times. Looking back at your childhood, what are your overriding memories of wildlife, nature and being outdoors? Have you always possessed an adventurer’s spirit? My father is a Canadian and my sisters and I spent long summers in Canada

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in the cottage that had been hand-built by my late grandfather. I loved those long summers – eight weeks of camping, canoeing, swimming, fishing and exploring. It’s when I fell in love with the wilderness. After university, you became a reservist in the Royal Navy before a short stint as a picture editor. What then made you apply for the TV reality documentary Castaway 20 years ago? I was looking for adventure. I nearly joined the Royal Navy but decided I wanted to travel on land as well as sea. The opportunity to live for a year on a remote Scottish island seemed a perfect way to escape. Reality television didn’t yet exist, and it seemed like an ambitious and exciting opportunity to become a real-life Robinson Crusoe.

What did you learnt most about yourself during that year spent on a remote island? How to cope with boredom and how to work with people with differing opinions. It taught me to be liberal and openminded or not blinded by assumptions and stereotype. It’s why I still get frustrated by narrow-mindedness and presumption. Give people a chance before you pass judgement. You’ve made numerous TV documentaries, written nine best-selling books and travelled extensively. Which single project are you most proud of? I am just about to publish my 10th book (15th if you include my children’s books) – that’s nearly a million published words, all from the boy who failed English. Spell checking can only get you so far. I love writing and am very proud of the books I’ve published.

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Climbing Mount Everest, rowing across the Atlantic, racing across Antartica to the South Pole, and trekking across Middle Eastern deserts. Which was the most challenging? Rowing the Atlantic was still one of the toughest. It was scary, arduous, and dangerous. It took us 49 days to cross nearly 3,000 miles of ocean. Everest was quite scary too. There are so many variables that, no matter how hard you plan, you can never really account for, nor control, nature. Is there anything you haven’t done yet that is on your bucket list? I’d love to circumnavigate the world. On foot, by bicycle or sailing – I don’t really mind, but I’d love to have circled the globe on my own steam.

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Do you find time to relax and how is the perfect day spent with your family? I love being with my family, which includes the dogs and the guinea pigs. We love walking and hiking and exploring. I also love travelling with my family. We have been lucky enough to travel to all sorts of wonderful places over the years. No doubt you’re passing on your love of wildlife, nature and adventure to your children. What is the single most important lesson you’d like them to learn about the world? To be curious and open-minded. I want them to make up their own minds and have their own opinions, and I see my role as the person to

give them the opportunities to make those judgments based on experience, fact and learning. As United Nations Patron of Wilderness, what what would you like your legacy to be? It sounds cliched but I’d like to make a difference. I’d like to inspire and empower people to respect nature and the wilderness, and to care about future generations. Massive challenges for the world lie ahead, not least climate change. What are your hopes for 2021? I think you’ll need to ask me again next year. Who knows what will happen?...

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With 2021 set to become a huge year for weddings, Jimmy’s Farm & Wildlife Park is pulling out all the stops to help you and your loved ones celebrate in style with a one-of-a-kind, dream day tailored especially for you.


t’s been a challenging past year, not least for engaged couples across the nation who have had to put on hold or water down their wedding celebrations due to coronavirus. However, 2021 is set to become a big year for tying the knot with postponed ceremonies being rescheduled, a surge in new engagements taking place during lockdown, plus the advent of the second wedding – celebrating lowkey nuptials that took place during pandemic restrictions with a big party. Here at Jimmy’s Farm & Wildlife Park, we’re busy planning to make our one-of-a-kind weddings the best ever and are taking bookings now for 2021, 2022 and 2023! On your wedding day, you deserve everything you dream of and Jimmy’s Farm & Wildlife Park is just that… unique, relaxed and beautifully rural. Whether you’re a boho couple, country loving, looking for

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something simple and traditional or wanting your own individual style, we have the perfect wedding for you. Jimmy’s Farm & Wildlife Park is a stunning venue that provides the perfect canvas to create a day that’s uniquely personal to you both. Your guests will enjoy the best of what the Suffolk countryside has to offer, beautiful views and excellent local food. And we have some exciting NEW additions for 2021 to announce, including: • A purpose-built private bar in our celebration tent • A stunning bridal suite to get ready for your big day • A newly licenced bandstand in the wildlife park to say ‘I do’ with pelicans and capybaras as your witnesses!

Whatever the theme, we can help you. From bohemian to country-style to weddings with farm animals as guests, with the help of your own dedicated wedding planner, you can be assured of the best personal service and attention to detail while catering for your every need. Awaiting your arrival is our dreamy celebration tent – the only one of its kind in East Anglia – exclusive to you and up to 200 guests for outdoor ceremonies, photos, drinks, receptions and fun and games. Nestled in our landscaped herb garden, it provides the perfect setting for those must-have outdoor shots.

Your day, the way you want it On your wedding day, you will be able to make the most of our stunning facilities and surroundings, full of countryside charm and with great transport links from Essex and Suffolk.

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We d d i ngs For the precious moment of making your vows binding, our charming, hand-built eco-roundhouse is where you will sign the marriage register, while your guests make a special connection with nature in the stunning surroundings. Whatever your desire, we will do everything possible to make your dream day come true; we’re extremely flexible, highly creative and have multiple licensed marriage areas on site. Even pets are allowed to attend! Fabulous food, rustic charm Our lovingly restored, 18th century barn restaurant offers an airy and contemporary setting and excellent guest service for your wedding breakfast and evening entertainment. It accommodates up to 120 guests for a sit-down meal or as many as 200 guests for those seeking a more informal celebration. We’re incredibly passionate about the food we produce on the farm, from locally sourced, sustainable ingredients to our very own traditionally reared, free range. rare breed meat and seasonal farm-grown fruit and vegetables giving you complete flexibility when putting together your perfect menu. The wild side Against the beautiful backdrop of an old-fashioned working farm, you can make your day even more unforgettable with a romantic stroll through beautiful, ancient woodland and an exclusive chance to meet our farm and wildlife park animals. Take a trek through our butterfly, tropical bird and reptile houses or make friends with our mischievous meerkats. Led by our fully trained animal keepers, your guests can get up close and personal with an amazing animal encounter. Party away With a licence until midnight, get the party started with your chosen band or DJ. Top the night off with a firework display specially devised just for Jimmy’s Farm & Wildlife Park –

low-level noise for our animals but just as spectacular! Five-star glamping And for those wanting to go the full hog and stay overnight in the countryside, why not book a wedding glamping style? For the complete country wedding experience on site at Jimmy’s Farm & Wildlife Park, you can have your very own Bell Tent Village providing luxurious accommodation for the bride and groom, family and guests – perfect for keeping the wedding party in one place with no need for late night taxis to hotels. If you’re looking for more traditional accommodation, there are a number of hotels, B&Bs and self-catering apartments close to Jimmy’s Farm & Wildlife Park. For more information, ideas and inspiration head over to our Instagram page @Jimmys_Farm_Weddings For a tour, email Natalie Solanke Weddings on

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Go wild with corporate & team building days It’s not just our weddings that are special – our corporate and team building events are truly wild and unique. Move away from mundane, square rooms and experience a day with a real difference. Choose from our list of activities: • Sausage Making • Animal Enrichment & Training • Treasure Quest There’s space to host 10 to 200 delegates, excellent fresh food and produce straight from our farm, free parking and great regional travel links. We have worked with companies from all industries and of all sizes and can guarantee a smooth, professional and educational visit for all. Jimmy’s Farm & Wildlife Park is the vision of TV presenter Jimmy Doherty and his wife, Michaela;

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it has taken years of dedication and hard work to achieve their dream. Millions across the nation followed the documentary which saw them turn a derelict farm into a thriving business. Now they want to share, inspire and offer space for your team to create, communicate and grow. We have the most unique corporate team building days in the region!

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Proud to be partnered with Team Building With BITE, we have created fantastic packages enabling team building events harnessing the practical, social and communitive skills within your workforce. Either working together or in competition against each other, you will get the chance to create enrichment items for our animals. Once the build is complete, there is no better sense of achievement than having

the opportunity to watch the results as your creations are put to the test. Our team building events really do stand out from the crowd and are ideal for company fun days or combining with conferences and meetings, and we can cater for full day events, half days or just two-hour activities. It is a fantastic opportunity to observe your team’s

communication and organisation skills, while challenging their team dynamics in a one-of-akind environment. The course promises to be informative, constructive and, most of all, fun. Only at Jimmy’s Farm & Wildlife Park can you really let your team go wild. To discuss our packages, contact Natalie on

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The Wildlife Trusts, comprising 46 wildlife conservation charities covering the UK, explore winter and why we should all get outdoors and connect with nature as much as possible this season.

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earch out and explore the stillness of a sleeping woodland, enjoy a riverside walk or breathe in a bracing coastline to blow away the blues this winter. Wrapping up toastiewarm and getting outdoors to seek solace in nature and soak up some precious daylight has never been more important or life affirming. Enjoying a garden and the wildlife that depends on it can also lift our spirits and give health a boost during the long winter months. Research by The Wildlife Trusts and Institute of Education also shows that children’s wellbeing increased after they had spent time connecting with nature, as well as educational and wider personal and social benefits. Most of us feel refreshed and happier after spending time outdoors and feeling the mental and physical benefits that being at one with nature can have. The Wildlife Trusts have put together ideas and activities to help you enjoy and help nature through the winter.

Out and about

Crisp winter days and low light create beautiful shadows through our quiet woodlands where you may be able to spot woodland birds and enjoy walks. Keep an eye out for great spotted woodpeckers, nuthatches, flocks of longtailed tits, and siskins bounding through woodland. Bare trees also give you a better chance of spotting deer. Stand still for a moment, what can you hear?

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Open fields and berries growing in hedgerows attract flocks of thrushes – redwings and fieldfares visit us for a milder winter before returning to Scandinavia in spring. Some years, an influx of striking waxwings also visit to feast on berries throughout the winter – noisy chattering flocks may be seen in gardens, parks and even city centre trees. If you’re lucky enough to be near the coast, enjoy the big views, rolling waves and freshest air. Check tide times and go on a beachcomb safari,

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keeping an eye out for fossils, beautiful pebbles shaped by the sea or driftwood to inspire story telling. The Wildlife Trusts look after thousands of wild places across the UK and most reserves remain open during the winter. Here, you’ll find circular walks and routes through wild places including heathland, coastline, woodland, valley and countryside. Pack a flask and warm clothing, your camera and binoculars. Check your local county Wildlife Trust website for more detail and latest information.

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Top activities to do at home

It can be hard for our non-hibernating wildlife to find enough food to survive the winter, especially for our garden birds.

3 Keep feeders topped up and clean with high calorie seeds and nuts – and don’t forget the water too. Keep an eye out and learn the different species that visit your garden including blue tits, great tits, dunnocks, blackbirds, starlings and, of course, a winter robin.


Visit a park or look around the garden and gather different fallen leaves. Make leaf print rubbings with wax crayons.


Dot some spring bulbs around the garden – these early flowers are often the first meal for pollinating insects waking up hungry from hibernation.


Gather twigs together and bind them with string or twine into stars or snowflakes for a festive or wintry decoration. Gather pinecones and other natural materials and turn them into a family of creatures.


Take a walk to the park or through your neighbourhood and try and spot the colours of the rainbow in nature around us – you can still see colours and find those hidden gems.


Don’t be too tidy in the garden during autumn and winter – dead stems and garden leaves provide the perfect cosy hideaway for bugs, caterpillars and other insects. A pile of dead logs in a corner of the garden can be a palace for minibeasts who can take shelter until the weather begins to warm again.


Help your local park, neighbourhood or beach and go on a litter pick. With the plants dying back, it can be easier to spot some of that pesky litter lying around. Take a sturdy bag, gloves and grabber-stick – avoid dog poo bags, sharp objects, anything dirty or dangerous – and recycle what you can. There are lots more ideas, advice and wildlife spotter sheets on

Want to do more to help wildlife? The Wildlife Trusts have launched a £30 million appeal to kickstart nature’s recovery across 30 per cent of land and sea by 2030

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‘There is never a more important time to get outside’ Dr Bella Smith, Suffolk NHS doctor and founder of The Digital GP, discusses the physical and mental health benefits of being outdoors this winter.


ith winter upon us, days are getting shorter and the mornings darker. For some of us, this time of year can be comforting but for others, we can feel our mood drops due to the lack of sunlight. Despite the shorter days, there is never a more important time to get outside with nature either alone or with our family. I love to be outside in the winter months. Walking with nature allows gentle, calm ‘me-time’, a time to think and reflect on life. Taking slow deep breaths of clean, fresh country air is so good for our physical and mental health. It can help slow our heart rate, lower our blood pressure, reduce stress levels, increase the oxygen to our muscles and brain and it helps to lift my mood. Going for a walk outside with family is an opportunity for quality time to talk and play away from screens and social media. There is a stillness in nature that alerts our senses to noises that we might ignore in our busy days in work or at school. Just stopping and listening to the rustling of leaves or feeling the wind through your hair; alerting our senses to the smells and brightness of the colours that this time of year brings. It can give us the opportunity to be grateful for being alive and witnessing the beautiful changes of seasons. Just stopping like this is so beneficial for our mental health and giving us the ability to replenish our resilience and ability to cope with what lies ahead. The more daylight we see in the winter months, the more this will help to

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maintain our vitamin D levels and will also help improve our quality of sleep. Vitamin D is important for our bone health and for maintaining immunity to fight off viruses such as flu and colds during the winter months. There is growing evidence that vitamin D may boost immunity and may be beneficial in both preventing and recovering from Covid-19. We absorb 90 per cent of our recommended vitamin D through our skin from sunlight, and 10 per cent from foods. During the winter months, the amount of daylight we see is markedly reduced and that means it is harder to absorb as much vitamin D as we need, especially if we are working long hours indoors, if we wear more clothing or if we have darker skin. The recommended amount of vitamin D to take regularly as a supplement through the autumn and winter months is 400 IU (10mcg) daily and you can buy these over the counter. If you are worried about your vitamin D levels, you can have a blood test that will measure the exact amount in your blood and, if it is very low, you may need stronger vitamin D

medication prescribed by your doctor. Foods that contain higher levels of vitamin D are oily fish like mackerel, cod liver oil and egg yolks. Some cereals are fortified with vitamin D. If you eat a healthy diet, studies show that you should be able to get the right amount of other vitamins from food alone. However, if this is not possible, some people benefit from taking a multivitamin with vitamin C and zinc during the winter months to help maintain their immunity. Sleep is crucial for maintaining good health, but unfortunately is often the first thing to go out of the window when we are stressed, unwell or in pain. Try to make sleep a priority and aim to have between six to eight hours of quality sleep per night. The more daylight and exercise you can have during the day in the winter, the better quality your sleep should be at night. There are great ways of tracking your sleep now to see how well you are sleeping. And there are fantastic sleep apps to help you clear your head and relax for a good night’s sleep!

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We catch up with turkey king, Paul Kelly, whose family began breeding the Christmas staple in Danbury, Essex, almost 50 years ago.

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When did turkeys first appear on Christmas tables in the UK and where does the tradition come from? Turkeys arrived in the UK in 1534, and it was actually Henry VIII who really put turkey on the map for Christmas. At that time, turkey was seen as something of an exotic delicacy, but the appeal for Henry was that it was not only large enough to make an extravagant display on the table, but it was tastier and less stringy than that other exotic favourite of the royals, the peacock. As turkeys were expensive to rear, they became the preferred meat of the rich, whilst the working class would typically eat goose at Christmas. How many turkeys do we consume as a nation each year and how many are produced by KellyBronze? We consume 15 million turkeys per year of which 6 million are bought fresh at Christmas. KellyBronze make up just 35,000 of this 6 million. The slow growing breed and dry plucking/ ageing make it a very special and luxurious meat.

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Is turkey just for Christmas or are we missing a trick – why does chicken take the crown all year round? About 50 per cent of turkey produced in the UK is eaten all year round and is available fresh in all local supermarkets. It is lower in fat and higher in protein than chicken, making it the healthier choice; the problem is that it tends to be more expensive than chicken. However, turkey mince is experiencing a huge growth at the moment because people are realising that the dark meat from turkey can do all that beef or lamb mince can do at a much lower price point – and half the fat. Turkey breast steaks are also fantastic and cooking them using veal recipes is hugely popular in mainland Europe – I highly recommend. How do you rear your prize turkeys and what makes them so special? It’s a chain of events to produce the perfect KellyBronze – they are matured to over twice the age of a standard industry turkey, doubling the farming costs but quadrupling the flavour. The birds are then plucked by hand – a method of preparation dating back to medieval times. This enables them to be dry hung, tenderising the meat and intensifying the taste. A KellyBronze turkey is six months-old at Christmas whereas the average turkey is twelve weeks. Maturity has the biggest impact on flavour.

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Paul Kelly with his father, Derek, who established Kelly Turkeys nearly 50 years ago.

How many varieties do you breed and what’s your most unusual turkey? There are about fifty different breeds of turkey. Our most unusual one is probably what we call ‘the tiny’ because it is the same size as a chicken. Is frozen just as good as fresh? The quality that goes into the freezer is the quality that comes out. Unfortunately, frozen food will always be deemed to be cheap and cannot be sold at fresh prices. Therefore, frozen turkey producers have to cut the cost as much as they possibly can, which will often mean compromising on quality. What’s the secret to a great tasting turkey and what are your top tips for making the best roast turkey? Buy a turkey with lots of fat covering – this is how you can tell it’s a mature bird. If it’s dry-plucked and hung, this will confirm it. If you do buy a younger/cheaper turkey, you will need to baste it and use foil to keep as moist as possible. A mature bird has intramuscular fat and does not need any artificial help. I also recommend investing in a meat thermometer to avoid cremating the turkey on the big day!

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Paul Kelly’s Boxing Day leftover turkey wrap recipe

Your turkeys are eaten by royalty, prime ministers, top chefs and celebrities, and you have won numerous awards – what is your proudest moment? Probably winning the Ultimate BBC Good Food Award in 1997. It was a long time ago but, as a small family business, it meant the world. Also, producing the first ever turkey to be awarded three Gold Stars in the Great Taste Awards was a huge achievement.

Ingredients Brussels sprouts Mayonnaise Tortilla wraps Leftover stuffing Leftover KellyBronze turkey (and skin) KellyBronze Hot Cranberry Jelly Method

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Lay the cooked turkey skin flat in a baking tray and cook in the oven for approximately 10 minutes or until crispy. Grab a wrap and spread the mayonnaise and cranberry sauce in the centre. Add the Brussels sprouts, turkey, stuffing and, once crisped, the delicious turkey crackling. Fold over one side of the wrap, followed by the bottom and finally roll over until the filling is fully enclosed. Slice in half and enjoy!

What is new in the world of turkeys – is there anything that you’re particularly excited about coming up for 2021? 2021 marks our 50th year in business, so something very exciting is going to be launched, but it’s a secret at the moment – watch this space!


5 things you didn’t know about turkeys

• Only male turkeys gobble – females don’t • A baby turkey is called a poult • The commercial white turkey is the second fastest growing animal in the world behind the blue whale • Turkey eggs are six times the price of chicken eggs, but you can’t beat them for baking • Every turkey in the world originated from Mexico and was bronze feathered. The modern white turkey came along in the 1950s because the black feather stubs in the skin of bronze turkeys were deemed to be unsightly. So much for designer stubble!

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s the seasons change over from golden autumn light to winter crispness, our bodies turn to craving warming, seasonally-coloured produce, from vibrant deep orange butternut squash and quirky shaped pumpkins, to golden beets and the dark green of Cavolo Nero and Savoy cabbage. Butternut is one of my favourites. If you haven’t tried buffalo mozzarella or burrata alongside roasted beetroot and butternut squash, you’re missing out, as the combined sweetness of the roasted veg goes so well with the creamy cheese, especially if you sprinkle some crunchy Maldon style sea salt on top. Soups hit the spot as do trays of roasted squash, served piping hot with a generous dollop of home-made hummus and creamy avocado as a simple supper.

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All squashes are rich in fibre, which is hugely beneficial to our gut health. Studies show that diets rich in plant-sources of fibre may help to reduce risk of inflammatory conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, arthritis and cancer – the fibre and polyphenols contained in squash help ‘feed’ the healthy bacteria in our gut, creating a thriving microbiome that helps to fight disease and keep us healthy.

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Natural energy fix

Butternut squash is high in complex carbohydrates, which the body uses as fuel. Unlike ‘white’ starchy foods, such as potatoes and white bread and pasta, complex, fibrerich carbs are broken down slowly by the body, creating a sustained source of energy.

For an even better way to balance blood sugar, so you’re not coping with the roller coaster of a sugar high followed by an energy crash, combine carbohydrates with protein, which helps to slow their absorption even further.

Immunity booster

The orange hue of butternut, pumpkin and other squashes is a clue to their nourishment potential – it’s a sign they contain beta-carotene, an antioxidant that is linked to reduced risk of developing cancer, heart disease, asthma and cognitive decline. But that’s not all. Butternut squash is also rich in immunity-boosting vitamin C; potassium, which helps to lower blood pressure; and vitamin E, which helps to support immune function and prevent inflammation.

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There are two loosely grouped types of squash – winter squash, which includes butternut squash and pumpkins, and summer squash (comprising delights such as zucchini and crookneck).


Jane Clarke’s Roasted Butternut Squash & Parmesan Soup This wonderfully simple, flavoursome soup is just the thing to keep the cold at bay.

Butternut squash originated from Latin America and was eaten by Mexicans as long ago as 5000BC.



According to The Guinness Book of World Records, the heaviest ever squash grown was a pumpkin that weighed 151 stone (2,118 lb/961 kg) and was grown in the USA.

Butternut squash is one of the longest keeping vegetables, lasting over three months when stored properly – in a cool, dark place.

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Prep time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 45 minutes Serves: 4

Butternut squash is loaded with vitamin A – a single cup provides four times as much than most people need in a day.


Ingredients 1.25kg butternut squash Sprigs of thyme, for roasting Olive oil, for drizzling 200g onions, chopped 2 cloves garlic, crushed 75g butter 1.25l chicken or vegetable stock 100g Parmesan, finely grated 100ml double cream (optional) Sea salt and black pepper Method Preheat the oven to 180°C, gas mark 4. Put the squash on a baking tray, drizzle with olive oil, top with sprigs of thyme and roast for 25 minutes or until golden. Meanwhile, soften the onions and garlic in the butter. Add the stock and roasted squash. Cook until soft, then blend until smooth.


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Keep an eye out for our new and mighty Mitsubishi L200 ‘pig truck’ – as seen on Channel 4’s Autumn at Jimmy’s Farm. No ordinary pickup truck, we’ll be using it to zip around in while looking after our fantastic animals, along with a stylish and spacious Mitsubishi Outlander – both supplied by EMG Ipswich. And it doesn’t stop there…EMG Motor Group Ipswich is offering Jimmy’s Farm & Wildlife Park annual members a FREE Winter Check for any vehicle! With 10 sites across East Anglia serving customers for decades, EMG Motor Group represents some of the world’s leading manufacturers, including Mitsubishi, Kia, Mazda and Nissan, and stocks around 700 used cars across the group. Established five years ago and a Mitsubishi dealership since 2018, EMG Ipswich offers a full service and sales operation for new and used vehicles, including MOT and finance, and is a Motability specialist.

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