The original farm dates back to the 15th century, when the local people from the small town of Keynsham used to graze their cattle and sheep beyond the safety of the city walls on the lush land adjacent to the river. One of the herders took a chance on building a small house on a spot where his cattle most liked to graze and so the first proper farm in the area was established.
In 1976, John Douglas purchased the farm that then stretched across 200 acres and in 1987, with his business partner Jack Jenkins, turned the lower fields parallel to the River Avon into the Avon Valley Country Park. Their vision? To make nature more accessible to the city dwellers of Bath, Bristol and beyond.