Trainview Farm, in the heart of the village of Ballygowan, Co Down has been farmed by the Orr family for over 400 years.
Traditionally a mixed farm of cattle and cereals until 2009 when Valerie Orr, freshly graduated from Greenmount College realised a gap in the market for locally grown, fresh flowers. That year our first polytunnel was put up and we have been steadily increasing our flower growing ever since.
Alongside this we have been establishing Christmas tree plantations around the farm which is a slow business taking on average 7-
Traditional farming still runs alongside these new enterprises in the form of a herd of rare Irish Moiled Cattle who graze amongst the Christmas trees.
In 2016 Valerie handed over the reigns of the flower enterprise to her mother Rosemary after she moved to Scotland to be closer to her partner James (with cows on tow!) Valerie and James continue the farm name in Scotland in their pedigree cattle herd Trainview Livestock.
Valerie Orr, celebrating her academic success with silverware and cut flowers at the Horticulture Development Centre, Greenmount Campus, CAFRE