News at the Farm

Santa’s Grotto

Santa’s Grotto

Santa’s Grotto is back!

Join us from Thursdays 13th – Friday 21st December.

11:00am – 1:00pm each day.

 

 

Posted by Peter in News at the Farm
Parties and Room Hire

Parties and Room Hire

PARTIES – what better way to celebrate than having a party with ll your friends and our animals? Book a party at the farm and enjoy a private animal handling session and feed our large animals. All you need to bring is your friends and the cake!

 

COSTS –

£40 for half day room hire

catering £3.00 – £5.00 per child

Animal handling £1.00 / animal food 50p per child.

 

CATERING – we are happy to meet any dietary requirements. 5 food options available (all with cordial)

option 1 – Sandwiches, Pizza, Fruit Platter –   £4.00 0-3 years / £5.00 4- 10 years

option 2 – Pasta and Meatballs (vegetarian option available) –   £3.50 0 – 3 years / £4.50 4- 10 years

option 3 – Macaroni Cheese –   £3.00 0 – 3 years / £4.00 4- 10 years

option 4 – Sausage, Mash and Beans (vegetarian option available) –   £3.00 0-3 years / £4.00 4- 10 years

option 5 – Tuna Pasta Bake –   £3.00 0 – 3 years / £4.00 4- 10 years

 

self catering is also available

 

Posted by Ryan in News at the Farm

New Playground

We had a great day on 26th July, when our playground was officially launched.  This event was really well attended and we were amazed how many children could safely play on the various pieces of equipment.

We now have more equipment for two distinct age ranges – pre-school and primary school ages.  The pre-school equipment includes a four-way springer; multi-play house including climbing steps. slide and cabin; basket swing and cradle swing.  For older children there is large climber including stepped ramp, slide, monkey bars, rope and climbing wall; see-saw, roundabout (with wheelchair access) and wooden assault course including stepping logs, balance bars and balance bridges.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are very grateful to Wren FCC Community Fund and Nottingham City Council, St Ann’s Neighbourhood Fund for the grants that enabled the farm to create this new area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by Ryan in News at the Farm

JUST £1

Just £1 per month really can make a HUGE difference to the Farm

That’s less than the price of ONE cup of coffee

If each of our supporters skipped just one cup of coffee a month and donated that money to the farm, that will secure the future of our site, our animals and our work with volunteers and vulnerable people.

All it takes is JUST £1 per month

PLEASE donate via direct debit (Stonebridge City Farm, Sort Code 60-83-01, Account No 20241218

OR

Please visit our JustGiving page and set up a monthly donation, OR talk to a member of staff

 

https://www.justgiving.com/stonebridgecityfarm

 

 

Posted by Heather in News at the Farm
Lucy Does Stonebridge City Farm

Lucy Does Stonebridge City Farm

Sometimes, despite its best efforts to the contrary, life smiles at you. It recognises your best efforts to make the little bogger worthwhile, and sends a hiccup of happy your way. This month, I was gifted with an involuntary spasm of joy when I was sent to spend the day at Stonebridge City Farm to muck in, and muck out, with the barnyard beings that reside there. Buzz-ing.

I rocked up at the St Ann’s pleasure zone at 11am to a fanfare of clucks and moos. There was just enough time for a swift bacon sarnie in the onsite cafe before I was collected by Allanah, head of all things animal, to get down to it. I fancy myself summat of a modern-day Dr Dolittle, so made sure to personally introduce myself to everyone there. The pigs and I avoided each other for obvious reasons. You can’t get on with everyone.

Out in the paddocks, a couple of cows and a gnarly-looking goat with the jokest side smile made their way over to us to have a go on our food pellets. I popped up to see the ponies, but they weren’t interested in anything I had to offer, the mardy ‘osses. To be fair to ‘em, it looked like the last time a visitor had been up they’d lobbed an empty can of Skol into their yard, so I can understand the frosty welcome. Still, no skin off my back, cos I was off to where the real party was at: the barn.

 

 

One thing I’ll tell you for nowt, the barn at Stonebridge is a treasure trove. If palm-sized pets are your thing, hold onto your hats, cos there’s everything from guinea pigs to chickens, rats, lambs and a bossman tortoise named Kevin up in the place. There was talk of me feeding the lambs who were snuggled under a heat lamp in a bed of hay – proper Biblical, like – but alas, it was not to be. The little bleaters were far too small and vulnerable to let the likes of me into the mix, so I was put to work cleaning out Carmen the rabbit’s cage instead. Sleeves rolled, it weren’t long before I was elbow-deep in sawdust, disinfectant and tiny balls of rabbit poop. Just the way I like it.

Despite being positively packed to the rafters with the fluff balls, Allanah and the farm are sadly gearing up for an influx of unwanted rabbits following the Easter period. Given as gifts to kids on school holidays, once the children are back in the classroom and the novelty wears off, rabbits often find themselves neglected and lonely in unsuitable hutches at the bottom of the garden before being packed off to places like Stonebridge who’re tasked with rehoming them.

At Stonebridge, rabbits like Carmen are kept in generous-sized hutches either in pairs or solo depending on their age, size and temperment, and are let out of their hutches to have a good owd run around on a regular basis. Despite common misconceptions, rabbits need secure spaces to exercise in regularly, and Alannah was keen to impress the importance of a large hutch and run to any potential rabbit owners reading this piece.

 

 

“They need a hutch that allows them to hop three consecutive times,” she said, as she popped Carmen, an elderly rabbit quite grumpy about my disturbing him, into his enclosure. “Hutches should be seen as somewhere for them to burrow and rest, rather than be locked up in for twenty-odd hours a day.”

With Carmen’s pad now so fresh, so clean, I was sent out with Star – a young woman undertaking her required practical experience for her college course with hopes of working as a marine biologist some day – to fill the pony’s stable with the bunnies’ surplus sawdust.

There’s a lot of “reuse, recycle” mentality going on at the farm, what with budgets constantly being squeezed and our cash-strapped council having to downsize on their public spending. Stonebridge relies on donations of unsellable fruit and veg from local market-stall holders, the generosity of time from their volunteers, and contributions from visitors, so if you do make it down there with the sprogs, make sure you plonk a pound or two in the bucket before you leave.

Posted by Peter in News at the Farm