STOP!!! PLEASE READ!!!

We are reopening our walks and nature trails and parkland WITH STRICT SOCIAL DISTANCING IN PLACE. Please read all of this notice because it contains very important information about our reopening.

The farm will be reopening it’s doors on Monday 1st June.

We’ve had the go ahead from the local authority to reopen our doors. 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. This is a phased reopening and not all of the areas are open yet. Visitor numbers are greatly reduced and people must book online before coming.

PLEASE THINK CAREFULLY BEFORE BOOKING YOUR TICKET WITH US!

The only areas available on the farm are our nature trails, walks and parkland (of which there are many). Indoor and Outdoor play areas are closed, there is no animal feeding or petting sessions, no display barn activities and no barrel rides. On wet days there is nowhere to shelter (apart from 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 the 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
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-1pm and 1pm-5.30pm

We are reducing our entry price temporarily to reflect the areas that we have had to close around the farm. Tickets are £4.95 (not £6.95)

We still need to charge you to come because we are a working farm and need to maintain excellent animal welfare standards and ensure public safety is paramount. We have employed enough staff to make sure everything is safe and hygenic for you to enjoy.

2020 Vision

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