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A trek though the Cradle Mountain National Park as a boy scout created a strong desire for David Ackland to live in Tasmania. Originally from South Australia he had a fortuitous meeting with a Tasmanian lady, Catherine Foster, on a ship voyage from Australia to England in 1964. They married and had three daughters. In 1975, they moved to Tasmania to embark upon an agricultural adventure and purchased Apsley Park in 1978.
Apsley Park is rugged and hilly. It consists of 400 hectares of bush and 1000 hectares of grazing land. It has three distinctive soil types ranging from sandy to heavy clay. The variety of altitude and aspect allows many grazing options for the sheep.
Apsley Park believes in having a simple system that allows farm operations to occur in a timely and efficient manner. Science plays a large role in management decisions, as they believe that scientific principles result in sustainable practises. Integrating family life into the farm is also a high priority.
Apsley Park have a 12-year Midlands Biodiversity Hotspot Stewardship contract for 196 hectares of native bush. On the farm is a memorial cross that is a tribute to Jack Mitchell and his crew whose Lancaster bomber was shot down in 1944 over Eichendorf in Germany. Jack Mitchell’s father used to drive the train from Brighton to Apsley (the line was opened in 1891 and closed in 1947) and on Jack’s last leave home before being sent overseas he placed a stick in a heap of stones on the Sugarloaf hill saying “I wonder if this will be here when I come home?” The Memorial Cross now stands where Jack placed his stick. Apsley Park are honoured to be custodians of this memorial.
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