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 £1.50 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 High 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.
REOPENING OF URBAN FARM and FARM BAZAAR
Monday 12th April 2021
NO BOOKING REQUIRED
We are pleased to say that the Farm will be open once again following the phased
relaxation of the third Lockdown by H.M Government. We will be pleased to see
our regulars and new visitors any time from 1030 hrs on that date.
Entry is, of course, dependant upon the same strict distancing and hygiene rules as
before and these are given below for your information.
Increase Of Entry Charge To The Farm From 12th April 2021
After careful thought, the Trustees of the Charity have reluctantly decided to increase the Entry Charge
from £1.00 to £1.50 when we re-open on the 12th April. This is necessary to keep the Farm running,
particularly in view of the ever rising cost of the animal and poultry feed - one of our biggest items of
expenditure - together with increased site maintenance costs.
Please be aware that none of the Staff receive a salary payment, and 100% of takings from Visitor Entry and
the Farm Bazaar, go directly into the Project itself to maintain this Community Farm on site.
Entry for Children and Young People under 18 years of age remains without charge, and there is no increase
in Group Charges.
In line with our obligations in respect of Government guidelines for a Project of our type, please expect the following for the health and safety of you, our visitors, and our volunteer management alike:
- Track and Trace System Check in operation
- If you are feeling unwell and are showing unusual health symptoms of any kind, please do not enter the Farm
- Sanitisation station inside the Entrance Gate. It is essential for you to use the hand Gel provided
- Follow the one way system indicated as you go around, and as you leave.
- Respect social distancing, which we suggest as the 2 metre rule, easily carried out in an open area. Keep that distance from other family groups, or other individuals at all times. To this end we will assist by limiting entry at very busy times (e.g. a warm August Bank Holiday!)
- It is ESSENTIAL that children are kept under close control, and with the family 'bubble' throughout the visit; they must NOT run ahead, or about, inside. This will be strictly enforced and if ignored, the individuals may be asked to leave. Sitting or rolling on the grass is forbidden.
- Sanitation station at the Exit Gate. You are invited to use the Gel provided.
- We will be sanitising appropriate surfaces after closure each day.
- Your cooperation with these necessary but essential procedures, will be much appreciated both by us, and other visitors.
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 £1.50 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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