A regular visitor to the farm has very kindly written a blog post about her first visit back to the farm since pre lockdown. On 1st June we opened our walks, parkland and nature trails, click on the link below to find out what she had to say……..
Please read all of this notice because it contains very important information about your visit with us.
We are open with strict covid guidelines in place.
We are accepting Pre Bookings Only. Everyone, including members must pre book their ticket before visiting
Everyone over the age of 11 (unless exempt) MUST wear a mask when entering the shop. There are several points around the farm where you will be required to wear a mask such as the Indoor Adventure Barn and restaurant. If you forget your mask you may purchase one from our shop. If you refuse to wear a mask, we will refuse entry.
We respectfully request that you only visit in groups of up to 6 people (unless you are visiting as a household or support bubble which is larger than 6) This is a LEGAL requirement. Our staff will question groups larger than 6 people when visiting.
Our Test and Trace NHS QR code is displayed at the entrance till and at several other points around the park, please use the NHS app to scan this when you are with us.
All areas of the farm are now open including our beautiful nature trails, walks and parkland, our famous Barrel Ride, Outdoor Adventure Playground, Indoor Adventure Barn (booking on the day of your visit and subject to availability) and The Rickyard Restaurant. Petting sessions are also available throughout the day.It is now also possible to buy animal food to feed the animals.
You can see all of the farm animals around the farm, including goats, sheep, cows, ponies, pigs, ducks, geese and chickens.
Our pet shop is also open with a variety of small animals including rabbits, guinea pigs and chickens.
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A HIGH TEMPERATURE A PERSISTENT COUGH LACK/LOSS OF SENSE OF SMELL/TASTE
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Well, since the last blog, a lot of water has passed under the bridge. We’ve had the wettest winter on record and very sadly, we’ve lost the farm parks patriarch, and my father, Tony. Dad had taken more of a back seat on the farm park in the last few years due to his stroke however he still liked to keep abreast of what developments we were making.
After posting my previous blog and Wilding wishes for the farm, I received a number of comments from my various members of the family; Daughter: “Dad, ave you gone vegan”? Brother: “Ed, are you a member of extinction rebellion”? And most ominously a text from my father saying “Ed we need to talk about wilding.”
When my father said ‘talk’, it didn’t usually mean a conversation, more a composed lecture of his concerns with my decisions. And dad was concerned. As I mentioned in the last blog he had strived all through his life to make what was seen by many as an unfertile piece of land, to one that was productive and provide an income able to support a family. He was extremely successful at fulfilling his goals and he was concerned that all the work he had done in clearing and reclaiming the land was about to be undone by his youngest son!
Fortunately, I was able to convince him that not all the land he had converted to cropping was to be reverted back to nature, but a great deal of it was and that this was the best thing for the farm and really importantly it was going to be great for the land and environment.
There are many reasons which will come apparent in future blogs, but safe to say they mainly hinged on sustainability both environmentally (which I’m not sure gained much weight with him) but also commercially, which did, and I’m just glad to this day that he was contented by my reasoning.
Since the last blog we have had all of the cattle tested for TB and thankfully they were all clear. The coming weeks will be spent putting all of the cattle and sheep outside and bringing in the remaining pregnant ewes for lambing. We continue bottle feeding our cade lambs with myself, James and Ryan taking turns to do the night shift.
I hope to write the next blog sooner rather than later – keep popping back to the website or checking our facebook page for updates
Farmer Ed is currently writing his very first blog post! It will land here soon!