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 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.
URBAN FARM TO REMAIN (RELUCTANTLY) CLOSED
Although Zoos, Safari Parks and similar outdoor attractions have been allowed to open from the 15th June,
we are in a different position in terms of our ability to fulfil the conditions H.M.Government have said
attach to any such re-opening.
As a small Charity, with limited resources, and a small group of available unpaid staff as volunteers, we are unable to
meet these Government Guidelines, and, after careful thought, we will have to stay closed for the time being.
We like to think we might open for the Summer Holiday period (Jul/Aug) but this would depend upon
further restrictions being loosened.
Be assured we want to open because there is a drain upon our finances throughout this closure and if you feel able
to assist us financially, with a donation however small, please simply Google:
The Big Give Woodgate
Updates of our situation will continue to appear on this Home Page, and on Facebook.
OPEN DAY NEWS....................
THIS SUNDAY 14th JUNE 2020.........
....................................was to have been rather special - our 30th such event at the Farm, Sadly
this inevitably falls within the restrictions and we, like so many others have had to cancel booked
stalls and entertainers, and look much further ahead to June 2021 instead (Yes we have already
reserved some of the shows for next year!)
Our Open Day has become a local tradition for our community, a cheap day
out for all the family, and lots to see and do.It was set up primarily for this purpose, and we outlay
quite a lot of funding to stage it every year, before we make any profit for the Farm. However it does
also assist us financially as visitor numbers have grown, and we now show some profit on the Day
towards essential funding to feed and care for the animals and poultry. This year we will thus have
a chunk of our income missing entirely. And it is a long time until June next year.
As part of our fundraising platform THE BIG GIVE we are extending our invitation
for general funds, to a request for this loss of income specifically.
If you are one of the thousand plus adults
who normally come to our Open Day, and wish to donate some of the money you would have spent this
year, directly to our campaign, we would be very very grateful. and it would give us confidence in our
community recognising the value of the Day itself each year.If you are willing and able to do this click onto the link below, and thank you so much,
in advance, for your support.
THE BIG GIVE WOODGATE
CORONOVIRUS - CLOSURE OF URBAN FARM
We regret that in order to protect both our volunteers and the visiting public from transmitting the
Covid-19 virus from one to another, and achieve recommended social distancing requirements, we will
remain closed until the current situation changes and makes opening possible.
Meanwhile, as a small charity we are highly dependent upon income from visitors day to day,
and this will be lost. The consequence of this is that are losing essential income from the entry fee also
sales in the Bazaar, and hire of the Farm out for parties and meetings, so funding the Project will become
increasingly difficult. A donation to assist us in keeping the animals fed and looked after would be greatly
appreciated in order to keep this valuable community resource going in such a difficult time.
To assist this, we have set up a platform via the BigGive. Please click onto this link to donate:
Donate to Woodgate Valley Urban Farm
This can also be accessed via our FACEBOOK page on the right. Go to the HOME page,
then click onto POSTS.
Many thanks, and very best wishes to all out friends and supporters at this difficult time.
DONATIONS UPDATE and THANKS (24/04/20)
We are pleased to report that The Big Give donations campaign as mentioned above, is going pleasingly
well at present. We have had 37 people make a range of generous donations so far and wish to
take this early opportunity to thank every one of them for their support and kindness.
The Trustees are finding this very encouraging, and send best wishes to all concerned.
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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