Balsall Heath City Farm Reopens Thursday 03/12/20

As the second English lockdown ends this Wednesday, we are pleased to announce that our little City Farm will reopen to visitors on Thursday. As Birmingham is now in Tier 3 we will continue to use our booking system to ensure that no more than 6 people visit at any one time. Please continue to follow the “Hands, Space, Face” guidance. You can book a visit by using the Booking System below.

Sadly, we now have another virus to contend with: the H5N8 strain of Avian Influenza which limits us further as we must protect our poultry from being infected by wild birds coming into the Farm. The whole of the UK is a Prevention Zone with rules for poultry keepers to follow. For that reason, the poultry are being fed in their housing and we cannot have feed on the ground. Sorry, but the popular corn vending machine is out of action for the time being, please do not bring other foods for them. You can read more about Avian Flu here:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/avian-influenza-bird-flu.

We have bookings available at 3.30pm for you to visit on the way home from school and during that slot, you can see the animals going in for the night as sunset is now before 4pm!

About Balsall Heath City Farm

Our little City Farm is open for the community to visit every day of the year except some public holidays though this is now only by pre-booking your visit online. This system manages numbers to enable distancing and takes a contact for tracing purposes in the event of an outbreak of Covid-19 related to our site. There are slots for up to 6 people to visit every hour Monday-Friday 9.30am-4.15pm, Saturday and Sunday 10.30am-3.15pm

Wellbeing Card

So that we can understand more about visits and usage of the Farm and tell our key funders about what we do, we require all visitors who wish to take part in activities at the Farm to use a Wellbeing card membership. This is administered and managed by our partners, The Active Wellbeing Society (TAWS), and this will also allow you to take part in various activities run by TAWS across the city in parks and open spaces. 

You can apply for a Wellbeing Card online by clicking on the button. This will be sent to you by post within a week. You can also sign up for a card when you visit the Farm. Please bring your Wellbeing card when you visit!

Health and Hygiene

Wherever animals live, there can be germs that are harmful to humans.

Please wash your hands and those of your children if you feed the animals or touch them or any surface on the Farm.

Do not allow children to eat, suck fingers or touch their mouths or faces during your visit. Use hand sanitisers in between hand washing. Please only eat in designated areas and wash hands first.

Please supervise children at all times.

Donate

It is free for individuals and families to visit the Farm but please do donate to help us look after the animals, maintain the site and improve facilities. 

You can put a cash donation in the box on the Farm Classroom door when you visit or you can donate through Paypal by clicking the PayPal Donate button.

Please ensure you put “City Farm” in the reference box.

Visiting the Farm

Individuals and Families can book via the Online Booking System below.

Organised groups such as nurseries, schools, clubs and organisations please book here:

Individuals and Family Bookings

How to Use the Booking System

Use the Next Wk button to move through the calendar.

  • Select the Time Slot
  • Enter your name and email address
  • Enter the Number of People attending – max of 6 per booking
  • Read and tick Agree to the Terms and Privacy Policy (If you agree)
  • Join

You will receive an email with your Booking Confirmation.

How you can help us

1) To allow us time to prepare the site for the next group we ask that you arrive and leave on time so that the next group can start their visit on time.

2) To avoid handling change we ask that visitors bring 20p coins for the corn vending machine so that you can feed the poultry.

3) Please don’t bring bread or other foods.

4) Please supervise children at all times.

St. Paul’s Trust will be using a third party web application called Vello to manage and process farm visits. Available bookings are visible in the calendar below. Click on a slot and provide the details we require to complete the booking. Remember to tell us how many people are coming. You will then receive an email from Vello confirming your booking. 

Your personal details are only visible and accessible to our farm staff. Vello has its own Privacy Policy which is visible during the booking process.

Details on how St. Paul’s Trust handles your personally identifiable information is available in our Data Security and Privacy Notice. You can also contact our Data Protection Officer by sending an email to DPO@stpaulstrust.org.uk

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