When the props department was preparing Hollin Hall farm (the location used for Follyfoot farm) they needed a dead tree to use as the Lightning Tree. They found one and planted it in the farmyard. However they soon found that it developed buds because it was still alive, so whenever it was included in shot, any green leaves had to be removed to make it look dead.
The TV series was based on the novel "Cobbler's Dream" by Monica Dickens. In this book, the farm was not named. The name "Follyfoot Farm" was devised by Yorkshire Television, based on the village of Follifoot (note the slightly different spelling) in North Yorkshire, which was a few miles from Hollin Farm, the location used for the farm in the series. Monica Dickens wrote several more books in the early 1970s to coincide with the TV series, and referred to the previously un-named farm as "Follyfoot Farm" in those books.
Guest actor Terence DE Marney died before tranmission.