We much regret that our Open Day - due on 13th June - has been cancelled for the second year running. This is because full re-opening under H.M.Gov. guidelines is not until 21st June, and even then there is no certainty about how many people might be allowed to congregate in relatively confined open spaces like our Farm. Our visitor numbers usually exceed over 1,500 in 4 short hours. In addition there is no news of when the Covid-19 Test and Trace Compound, which is occupying half of the Visitor Centre Car park, will be disbanded and this would seriously curtail parking for visitors to Open day, causing traffic difficulties. Open Days take months in preparation, booking entertainment, organising tentage etc so firm decisions have to be made at an early date, However , we look forward to 2022 ever hopeful of some normality!
The weather was very kind, the entertainment was superb as always, and the support from the local community, and from further afield was very encouraging. There were times when it was almost impossible to move between the marquees for visitors enjoying the day out
We recorded a total of 1,118 adults passing through the gate, which as an estimate, swelled to about 1,900 altogether counting a typical number of accompanying children That was an average of 380 people per hour . The day is very much about fundraising for the Farm to feed the animals and help to keep us going for another year, but it is also to provide a community day out for all the family at very low cost and we certainly achieved that this year with what was a record attendance.
The Trustees would like to thank all who attended as visitors for their support and spending on the Stalls and Refreshments, and a special thank you to the Stallholders and community volunteers themselves for their help which always makes the day special.
The ice-cream man sends a special thank you !
SATURDAY 28th OCTOBER
From 1100 to 1600 hrs
A chance to see the Urban Farm Orchard and enjoy a fun family day. Attractions include: Stalls and Food, Face Painting, Apple Juicing, Family Activities, Wildlife Walk
In the event, the Apple Day went well including apple crushing and other stalls connected with fruit and orchards. Unfortunately, there were other
events going on in the immediate area that day and our event, although successful was not as well supported as we would have hoped.
Six keen and fit strong men from Nielsen Holdings plc re-established a ditch which had subsidised through the attentions of our pig Daisy, who likes to roll in the wet and keep cool during the Summer, and dig for roots during the Winter. Although a short section, it was well and truly filled in, and had to be excavated through to a point where it disappears down a culvert pipe.It was a warm day, and strenuous work They also patiently put up with the close attentions of Daisy, who was determined to supervise and make a personal contribution to the work effort.
A very successful result was achieved and our one day miners seemed to enjoy the change and a few hours away from their normal more sedate activities, although it is doubtful they would want to make it a habit!
Many thanks indeed to : Kev, Mike, Mark, Paul, John, and Rory: from Daisy and all of us at the Urban Farm.
............was very successful, with dry weather all day, after a rather wet week. It was, however, tremendously windy and one gust managed to lift and destroy one of our small tents, leaving our Children's Music Entertainer somewhat exposed ! Happily it remained dry , so he was able to continue al fresco.
The advertised entertainment was excellent, with Magic Bob, our new Children's Entertainer a particularly favourite attraction. Punch and Judy , Andy's Musical Mayhem and of course The Animal Man provided all day fun for everyone together with many favourite side stalls, including tombola. The Birmingham Astronomical Society enjoyed this year's show, with plenty of sunshine which allowed visitors to look at the Sun through special telescopes.. Attractions also included Face Painting, Bouncy Castle and a new Bucking bronco ride. Our special Garden Refreshment facility, an ice cream van, bouncy castle, and buckin' bronco, completed the line-up.
It is estimated that in excess of 1500 attended during the five hours.
Thanks to all who supported us by attending, and of course all the Contributors who worked hard to ensure such a successful day.
On Thursday 25th May 2017 were pleased to welcome a team of ten employees from various Santander High Street Branches in the West Midlands for a very useful team day tidying and sprucing up the Project ready for our annual Open Day on the 11th June. One group got stuck into the copious weeds growing in the main yard and garden areas and the other tackled the job of applying wood treatment to the ferret house and several of our large animal sheds which house variously, the cattle, the sheep, the goats. After a very hard day’s work, the yard looks really tidy again, and the buildings smart and looked after. Such activity is always so dependant upon good weather, and happily the rather damp day originally forecast turned out, in the event, to be dry and warm.
Thanks for all your hard work to: Sat and Sonny (Kings Heath), Paige and Peter (Harborne), Claire (Stourbridge), Donna and Andrew (Dudley), Abigale and John (Solihull) and Charlie (Union Street, Birmingham)
…..on the 17th March when a team of eleven came down to spend a full day helping us with farm maintenance. Some of the more intrepid braved the depths of our Wildlife Area and removed mountains of brambles and undergrowth to allow light in to help establish smaller ground species of plants e.g. bluebells and also carry out annual weeding of our orchard display beds.
The remainder of the Team used their skills with paintbrush and pot to apply wood-treatment to many of our store sheds, barns and poultry housing which now look as good as new, and are much better protected against the elements.
Many thanks to team leader for the-day Leyla, and the rest of the Team, namely: Richard, Lucy,Phil,Jayesh,Emma, Rachel,Lindsey, Trevor, Chris and Steven. Thanks also for the donations of goods for our June 2017 Open Day Tombola Stall
Friday October 14th 2016
A team of nearly twenty enthusiastic employees from the Royal Bank of Scotland visited us from the Birmingham Office to assist us with a Clearing up for Winter day at the Farm. They were all from the mortgage section and very much enjoyed their escape into the open air away from their computers. As always these events are very dependant upon dry weather, and the heavens were kind.
The Team completely re-creosoted the farm administrative and storage buildings in the Farmyard area as well as weeding the yard itself; tackled the perennial weeds and refurbished the garden beds in the Orchard,and made a successful foray into the depths of the Wildlife Area where they cleared pathways and cut down overgrowth, with one keen member creating several yards of border fencing from available coppiced branch growth.
A good day was had by all, and our Charitable project enjoyed some essential maintenance. Many thanks to: Steve (Team Leader) and all the Team!
The special visit from The Animal Man was quite remarkable with an estimated 750 or more adults and children flooding through the gates in a frantic three hour period. Before we opened, the queue was along the path right into the car park. Unusual livestock on display included exotic mammals, spiders, and reptiles.
In addition we were pleased to enjoy the support of the Trekking Centre, with the afternoon enhanced by the provision of supervised Pony Rides which were very well received by the visitors.
Overall the income generated assisted greatly in making up for the lack of income on our Open Day.
Next year's Open Day is on Sunday 11th June, when The Animal Man is also next due to appear.
On Thursday …we had an important set of visitors at the Farm, namely a work team from Nielsen, the international marketing company. A group of fourteen staff of the Company from Birmingham and other parts of the UK joined together at the Urban Farm to assist in a general ‘clean up’ in preparation for our Open Day on Sunday 12th June 2106.
The Company’s slogan for community input via team days is to “make a difference” and they certainly achieved that. The weather was fine, the team were enthusiastic, and the planned work was fully achieved. Buildings and animal sheds were given a good coat of wood treatment, the farmyard was cleared of weeds and overgrowth, and our picnic tables were given a smart lick of preservative leaving them looking like new, By late afternoon a very big difference had occurred!
Many thanks to the Team, namely: Gemma, Anna, Frazer, Paul (Team leader), Matt W., Matt H., Kate, Helen, Derek, Nick, Marika, Jonathan, Robert and Mir.
Pictures of the Team in action………..