Friends of Bella Vista Farm
Bella Vista Farm is a unique complex comprising 19th century homestead and farm buildings set in 24 hectares of parkland in the north west of Sydney. The site has been continuously farmed since it was first granted in 1799 with John and Elizabeth Macarthur owning the property from 1801 to 1821. Under the later ownership of Edward Henry Pearce it was described as the largest and most successful citrus orchard in NSW. Today the site is owned by the Hills Shire Council. The Friends of Bella Vista Farm is an independent volunteer group which has been instrumental in the restoration of the homestead, outbuildings and grounds. Today the Friends hold regular working bees, open days, guided tours by accredited guides and school programs, while still being involved in the continuing restoration and operation of the Farm.