Our story so far...
In 2019 we received initial, external funding, to house chickens and bees, from Tesco and One Stop shops.
This brought great excitement to the children and staff alike.
Fast forward to Covid-19 landing on our shores, and our executive head, Liz Mitchell, could see that this was going to have a drastic effect on our children's mental health, pressing on their emotional, social and behavioural wellbeing.
This could only mean ....Farm development ...full steam ahead!
So during the pandemic, Miss Spellman, the Outdoor Learning Leader, worked tirelessly along with school staff and many community volunteers, to create our farm we see today. She managed to find more than 70% of the funds needed through grants and the community donated over £4000 to help us along. We are so lucky to have received many items from our Amazon wish list and in kind donations.
Mrs Mitchell has been the driving force behind the farms development and we are proud to be one of only a handful of primary schools in the south east, with a farm on site.
We are small, but still growing. As Covid-19 makes the funding world even tougher to access, we are developing enclosures on unused space, as we receive grants in.
This project, aims to not only teach children where their food comes from, care and respect, animal husbandry and overall knowledge of the animal and farming world.
But also to readdress peoples wellbeing and mental health. It is well known that mental health can be improved by spending outdoors and with animals.
Our site falls within the AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.) With a woodland backdrop.
We currently have Kune kune X Pigs, Valais sheep, Romney X Llynn sheep, chickens of many breeds, ducks, quail, rabbits, guinea pigs, pygmy goats, tortoises, bees and African land snails.
This year we have been funded to create two new enclosures and will be housing rare breed piglets and goats.