The family have been farming land at Great Avercombe for almost 150 years.
Great-Great-Great-Grandfather John Verney first came to Great Avercombe in 1883 as a tenant on the Manor of Bishops Nympton.
Great-Grandfather Frederick Verney took over Avercombe in 1947 and farmed as a typical mixed farmer. In 1966 he purchased Avercombe from the Manor and added Severy fields to the farm in 1968 (this land is where our first wildflower patch has been sown). He was Chairman of the Devon National Farmers Union.
Grandfather Frederick John Verney took over the farm in 1984 and purchased neighbouring blocks of land.
Matthew and Claire Cooke (nee Verney) started farming at Avercombe in 2009. Their children Naomi, Phoebe and William are the 6th generation at Avercombe, and now talk of being farmers at Avercombe.
THIS SOUNDS PERFECT - could provide a photo of my Grandpa as a young boy holding a cup won by his Dad