Highbury College students

Highbury College students

Each year Buriton Parish organises a banquet for its parishoners. Two themes are constant for this event. Firstly, a historical time period, this year Elizabethan. And secondly, the food, specifically the meat, is sourced from within the Parish. So beef, pork and lamb from local farms were on the menu, together with venison from QECP, where the forest lies within the Parish boundary.

Deer control in the Park, and the surrounding Forestry Commission woodlands, is carried out by the FC Wildlife Rangers, one of whom is based at the Park. Nationally deer numbers are increasing,  with Roe, Fallow, Muntjac and even Sika found locally. To maintain a healthy population, and to control their impact on farmers crops and woodland ground flora, limited numbers are culled and made available through game dealers, and the Park’s shop.

15 kilos of haunch and 5 kilos of heart and kidney were required by the catering students at Highbury College who designed the menu, cooked the food and waited on the tables for 140 people. Fantastic food, cooked ‘Elizabethan style’, in a historic setting with costumes to match.

Buriton Banquet organisers

Buriton Banquet organisers

The Park and Buriton Parish are involved in many initiatives. See earlier blogs for information about the Buriton Chalk Pits LNR Project.

Buriton Great Hall

Buriton Great Hall

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