Supporters of the Farm are invited to donate through the above Appeal to help restore our income from the Lockdowns. Catherine's personal appeal on our behalf is much appreciated as are the very generous donations already made.
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!
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 Charge
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.
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!