OPENING & CLOSING TIMES
Winter (October to May)
10:30 to 16:00 (Last entry 15:15)
Summer (June to September)
10:30 to 17:00 (Last entry 16:15)
*These times are subject to favourable weather conditions.
The Charge for entry is £1 for each adult - Please have the exact change for the number of adults. (For full details of Entry Fees, including for Groups, see centre column)
The Farm Bazaar
Our on-site fundraising Bazaar is open most Saturday
afternoons, some Sunday mornings,each bank holiday
(except Xmas) throughout the week during school holidays,
and on our Open Day.
We have a choice of bric-a-brac, porcelain, collectables,
curios,souvenirs, new and used childrens' toys,fishing nets,
windmills, books (fiction, non fiction, biography and
autobiography,children and teenage, specialist) household
items,souvenirs, paintings pictures and various other new
and nearly new items. Also indoor and outdoor plants and
apples from our orchard - in season.
Unlike the Supermarkets, we cannot do a price check
or make guarantees, but we reckon that we compete
very favourably with the Hight Street Charity Shops!
Because we do not have overheads and salaries costs,
100% of the income from the Bazaar goes directly into
the Charity's funds and is used exclusively to assist
with the purchase of feedstuffs for the livestock.
Come and have a browse.
Donation of Goods
We are heavily reliant upon much appreciated donations of bric-a-brac, books, cuddly and
all other toys, collectables, pictures, household goods, unwanted jewellery, and interesting
items in a saleable condition to sell in the Bazaar for our funds.A full 100% of the takings go
towards feeding the livestock. When the Bazaar is closed, please take items down
to the Farmyard (right-hand gate inside main entrance to the Urban Farm itself) Please
we do not want TV's, Fridges, Computers or similar.
IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR VISITORS
TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF PROJECT (Update)
Regular visitors will know the problems we have had with flooding for the past three Winters out
of four which has led to closure of the Farm for months on end. To cure this we are having an
extensive land drainage system laid in the main central paddock area of the site involving machinery
vehicles and materials For Safety and adequate site management reasons we regret that the Farm
will be closed to the public for the duration of the works.
The Farm will, therefore be closed to the public from FRIDAY 22nd September
for a period of approximately five days until the middle of the following week.
However, the Farm Bazaar (only) will be open on Saturday 23rd September
from 1300 until approx 1600 hrs as usual.
Watch this news item, and /or our Facebook page for a precise re-opening date.
WELCOME TO HARRY and GINNY .................
................our two new baby Pygmy Goats which arrived at the end of June.
They are cousins and came from our friends at The Gobbett Rare Breeds in
the Shropshire countryside at Farlow. They were born in early
March and we hope they will soon settle with us
Woodgate Valley Urban Farm is a Registered Charity dedicated to offering a range of practical work and volunteering experience for those within our local community. There is a special emphasis upon young people suffering from social exclusion, and elements of the Project provide a focus for rehabilitation into the local community through hands - on work giving a variety of basic competences including livestock management, horticultural and conservation activity, and improved social and life skills.
The Farm Project is managed and supervised entirely by unpaid Volunteers from the local community on a day to day basis, with an overview by eight Trustee/Directors. The Farm is also a Registered Company Limited by Guarantee (Without Share Capital). Copies of our Annual Reports and Accounts may be viewed through either the Charity Commission or Companies House Websites.
Although the Farm holds and manages land within the Country Park under licence from Birmingham City Council, it is not a Council facility, and does not receive any grant funding from the local authority. Our continuation relies entirely upon donations from the general public, grant giving trusts, benefactors, service level agreements and partnerships. Our Area of Benefit as a Charity radiates for seven and a half mile from the site, not only into Birmingham but also into Sandwell and the Black Country.
In addition to our main responsibilities (and although we are not primarily a public facility) we also open the Farm to the general public as casual visitors to view the result of our core work and involvement with our placements, and to benefit from using it as a resource displaying good livestock management and practice. For individuals and families there is a formal entry charge of £1 for each and every adult but for accompanying children under 18 there is no charge. For School and other Groups (including playgroups) there is an inclusive formal charge of £20 covering up to 30 children plus their accompanying teachers/other adults i.e. an average class (with a further £15 for each portion of 30 children after that). Such Groups MUST book in advance (Refer to Contact details above.
The Farm is designated as a Non-Animal Contact Project within current Health & Safety Guidelines as laid down by The Health & Safety Executive, and as applicable to establishments with livestock which are open the public. This means we cannot allow any form of contact with the animals by general visitors. The only contact is by supervised placements and staff. For health and safety reasons we do not allow visitors to bring food onto site for either human or animal consumption. We strictly enforce a ‘no picnics’ and ‘no animal feeding’ policy which all visitors have to comply with as a condition of entry.
As a Registered Smallholding we are regularly inspected by DEFRA (Department for the Environment, Farming and Rural Affairs) in respect of our legal responsibilities for livestock livestock, and by the Animal Welfare Officer of Birmingham City Council in respect of associated Regulations.
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