Dear supporters, visitors and friends,
After months of lockdown we are at the start of a long journey to slowly reopen the Farm.
Our priority was to restart our therapeutic programs, so we could welcome back project users, some of whom had spent the entire lockdown alone. Since the 22nd June, we have been running reduced sized groups, prioritising those by need. If you are a current volunteer and not back at the farm yet, a member of staff will be in touch to discuss a start date with you.
The farm is now open for local visitors every Saturday, 10am-3pm. However, please be prepared that your visit is going to be very different from the experience that you’re use to.
From the time being, government guidance means:
- The car park is closed, do not drive to the farm.
- The cafe and play park is closed.
- Visitors can not touch or feed the animals.
- You may have to wait to enter, or be asked to leave if the farm gets too busy.
- Staff are unable to administer first aid.
Sadly, indoor project groups, general volunteering, bookings and events are still suspended.
We will be reviewing the situation daily, with the safety of our staff, animals and visitors being our top priority. We do ask that you please read the information leaflet below. And do not try to visit on any other day than Saturday, to protect our volunteers on site, many of which have health concerns.
Whilst we have adapted the way we operate during these uncertain times, we cannot ignore that due to the loss of all our commercial income our charity is now at risk.
In a normal year, sales from our cafe, events, bookings, school visits and corporate away days make up over a third of our total income. The rest is donated and fundraised thanks to our community, business partners and supporters. As a charity we receive no public funding.
If you enjoy visiting the farm and appreciate the work we do in the community, we ask you to please consider supporting us in anyway that you can. Together we can make a difference to the communities in which we live in.