We are really proud of what we do here at Greenmeadow and want all of our visitors to enjoy an exciting, educational experience. As you are no doubt aware, visiting any farm can never be free from all risks. Farm animals, even those that look clean and healthy, carry infections that can be harmful to people.
Pregnant women need to take particular care and specifically should avoid contact with lambs. lambing ewes and their droppings. For more information about this, please see separate page of our website entitled 'Important Info for Pregnant Visitors.'
You can view the full Department of Health 'Avoiding Infection on Farm Visits - Advice for the Public' Leaflet here. You will also be given this leaflet on arrival at the farm or we can send you a copy in advance by arrangement. The main things that we like to point out to all of our visitors are:
Poultry and Waterfowl (December 2016 - February 2017)
All of our birds are currently housed in line with the ‘Prevention Zone’ established in the UK.
This is a precautionary measure imposed by the Government to reduce the risks of a strain of bird flu virus known as H5N8 from spreading and to help protect poultry and captive birds in the UK from avian flu.
There is nothing additional or different that you need to do as a visitor - it just means that you will not see our birds outside as usual (except the rhea) and cannot buy corn to feed them. You will however still see some of them in covered runs.
Please speak to a member of the Greenmeadow Community Farm staff team if you have any questions or would like further information.
Although our animals are very friendly and used to people, it should be remembered that animals can act in an unpredictable manner and caution should be exercised at all times.
We do supply animal feed in the shop which should only be fed to the sheep, goats and cows (brown bags). Please do not feed other animals as they may bite or head butt. Please do not feed the staff as it may stop them working!
We also supply corn which is for the chickens and ducks (white bags), quack quack!
We actively encourage contact with our animals as part of your experience of visiting and learning about the Farm. However, please use common sense and beware of animals unpredictability. Refrain from kissing or putting your face near the animals, ensure that all cuts and open wounds are covered with a plaster/dressing
Remember not to put your fingers in your mouth after touching the animals. Don't touch any animal droppings. It is very important that you wash your hands before and after touching or feeding the animals. Animal contact is not recommended for pregnant mothers.
If you have any concerns about any of our animals during your visit, please alert a member of staff immediately.
Hand washing facilities are located in and outside the main Farm building, the haybarn toilets, the dairy, at the end of the animal house and in eye paddock. Please remember that antibacterial wipes and alcohol hand gels are not 100% effective and there is no substitute for proper hand washing using warm water and soap. You and the children in your care during your visit should wash hands regularly throughout your visit. Hands should be washed after touching animals, taking part in animal activities, before eating, using the toilet, etc. If in doubt, wash your hands!!!
There is a welly wash situated outside the café in the upper courtyard and another at the end of the main building. Please use this on your boots/push chair wheels before entering the café and before leaving the Farm.
Clean your clothes and shoes thoroughly when you get home.
Food and drink must not be consumed in animal areas, equally please do not feed the animals with your own food.
If you drop food, sweets or dummies, please dispose of them and do not reuse.
Please be aware that this is a working farm and although vehicle and animal movements are kept to a minimum during opening hours, sometimes it is a necessity. With this in mind, please ensure that you supervise the children in your care during your visit at all times
Please close gates and be alert. Do not go through gates marked staff only.
Always listen to advice and instructions given by staff.
Some areas of the Farm are rough under foot, please take care and ensure you have the correct footwear - welly boots are definitely advisable. We do not recommend open toed footwear.
The Adventure Playground is designed for children aged between 8 and 15 years. Younger children can enjoy our natural play area and pedal tractors in the front garden. We do not provide supervision in our play areas.
If you require First Aid during your visit, please see a member of staff immediately or make your way to the main farmhouse.
If you hear the fire alarm during your visit, please make you way calmly to the Dragon and wait there until further instructed by a member of staff.
The smoking area is situated at the end of the main farmhouse, adjacent to the kitchen garden. Please do not smoke in any other areas.
Children should be supervised at all times by a parent or guardian
We do hope that you have an enjoyable visit! If there is any further information you would like to help you plan your visit, please do not hesitate to call the Farm on (01633) 647662
Last Modified on: 03-02-2017