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 have reopened our farm park with STRICT SOCIAL DISTANCING IN PLACE.
We are a 500 acre site with miles of walks and nature trails giving you plenty of space to practise good social distancing wherever you are on site.
PLEASE THINK CAREFULLY BEFORE BOOKING YOUR TICKET WITH US!
The areas which are currently open are our beautiful nature trails, walks and parkland (of which there are many). From July 4th we will open our famous Barrel Ride, Outdoor Adventure Playground and The Rickyard Restaurant. It is now also possible to buy animal food to feed the animals. From 20th July Petting Sessions will return.
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.
*PLEASE NOTE* Our Indoor play area is closed, there are no petting sessions at the moment – these will return from July 20th. On wet days there are limited areas to shelter (apart from pre booked tables in the restaurant and the trees) so please think carefully about whether you really want to book your ticket with us.
DO NOT VISIT THE FARM IF YOU ARE DISPLAYING ANY Covid-19 Symptoms
A HIGH TEMPERATURE A PERSISTENT COUGH LACK/LOSS OF SENSE OF SMELL/TASTE
Please read this 👉👉 HEALTH AND SAFETY LEAFLET prior to booking
|VISITOR NUMBERS ARE GREATLY REDUCED AND EVERYONE NEEDS TO PRE BOOK|
MEMBERS WILL BE REQUIRED TO PRE BOOK THEIR ENTRY ONLINE . WE WILL ONLY BE ACCEPTING PRE BOOKED TICKETS. WALK IN’S WILL NOT BE PERMITTED ENTRY.
Members will have to pay a £1 booking fee per ticket which will be returned by the way of 2 bags of animal food on arrival.
This is so that we can control the number of people on the farm at any one time and ensure the safety of everyone.
We will have 2 entry sessions per day. 9.30am-1.30pm and 1.30pm-5.30pm
We are reducing our entry price temporarily to reflect the areas that we have had to close around the farmland the limited entry time of 4 hours. From 20th July our Summer Holiday tickets are £7.50 per person (not 2020 prices which were due to be £8.95)
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!