When Carruan Farm was purchased in the 1950s as a traditional beef and sheep farm, the owners could have had no idea that nearly 60 years later, the farm would be featured on TV as one of Cornwall’s key tourist attractions. And to show the farm in its very best light for its media debut, woodstains from Jotun
were used extensively to spruce up the appearance.
Today, the Carruan Farm Park is still a working farm, with over 1000 ewes, a beef herd and saddleback pigs. Five years ago, it expanded its operations to incorporate a shop, restaurant and a farm experience for children. It was noted by the makers of Seaside SOS, hosted by Duncan Bannatyne and thanks to the generosity of the programme makers, a huge area of the centre has been redecorated using the Jotun
The Demidekk Ultimate and Butinox 1 paints were supplied by local merchant, Rabart Decorating Merchants of Redruth for external application on the restaurant, office buildings and barns where the children’s activities take place. Butinox 1 woodstain provides a translucent finish that gives up to five years protection to the timber. Demidekk is water-borne and in contrast, presents an opaque silk like finish for enhanced decoration. Both coatings have been formulated for UV resistance and long term durability.
Owner Mike Parnell is delighted both with the result and the collaboration with the television programme. The colour scheme was particularly important as both Mike and the producers wanted to reflect the environmental impact of the centre through visual means. This was achieved by using a mixture of green and ivory colours on the exterior of the buildings.
“I was delighted when we learnt we were going to be included in the programme and get help to smarten up our visitor attraction” explains Mike, “and I was particularly pleased to learn that the woodstain being used was from Jotun
. Having spent much of my life as a bosun in the merchant navy I had used Jotun’s products extensively and knew what excellent products they were. If they are tough enough for the North Sea they’re definitely tough enough for a cattle shed on the North Cornwall coast!”
Now complete, the Carruan Farm Centre is looking forward to a summer of visitors and tourists, with the newly decorated buildings providing a bright and crisp visual impact on Cornish visitors.