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……..
Dear Friends of West Lodge Farm,
We are so pleased to tell you that, after months of being closed to the public we can now reopen all of our outside areas on the farm. Subject to the most up to date government guidance and information.
We continue to work hard to ensure extra safety measures are in place so that we are COVID-19 secure ensuring everyone has a safe, fun visit.
This includes limiting the number of visitors per day to ensure visitors and staff can safely keep to the governments social distancing requirements. As such, everyone, including Annual Pass Holders MUST pre-book tickets online in advance.
**PLEASE READ ALL OF THIS BEFORE BOOKING**
What’s on offer?
FREE Barrel Rides
Small Animal Handling (Longer sessions with strict social distancing in place)
Outdoor Adventure Play Area
Outdoor Tractor Park
Acres of beautiful walks and signed nature trails
Den Making Area
Animals on view – lambs, goats, cows, pigs, ducks, turkeys, sheep, rabbits, guinea pigs, geese, ponies, donkeys and hens!
Animal food to purchase
Weekends Only – * Extra Charge Tractor Trailer tours of the farm
Keeping Everyone Safe
Covid restrictions are still in place!
Numbers will be greatly reduced and tickets will be booked on a timed entry system. We have created a staggered entry booking time to minimise social contact when entering the shop. . Please arrive within 15 minutes of the time you have booked. For example if you have booked 11.15am please arrive between 11.15 and 11.30 am – thank you!
Hand sanitising stations are available for you to use upon entry to the farm park and exiting.
Our outside toilets are open and will be sanitised regularly.
Masks must be worn when in the shop area.
2 metre social distancing is requested at all times
We will continue to have extra hand-sanitiser/hand-wash stations at the entrances, exits and at regular stops around the site. We also have an increased cleaning schedule in place.
Food and Drinks
The Udder Pace will be open serving hot and cold takeaway drinks, ice creams and snacks.
You can stay for the whole day from the time slot you have booked. Last entry to the farm is at 4pm, farm closes at 6pm. We have slightly reduced the price after 3pm.
MEMBERS You will still need to pre book your ticket. As of 1st April 2021 all children under 1 year are free. Children between 12 months and 2 years will need a toddler ticket. Children over 2 will need a 1 person ticket.
IMPORTANT – Please think carefully before booking a ticket with us.
Only our outdoor areas are open at this time. If April Showers pay us a visit there are very few undercover areas for shelter.
We’re very excited about the future and have have big plans for the rest of 2021. We can’t wait to share them with you!Thank you for all of your support throughout lockdown, we’ve missed you and cannot wait to welcome you all back very soon!
Ed and Mo Dee and The West Lodge Team
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!