We are looking for a site in Exeter so that we can provide the following:
A small-scale farm: Providing visitors with the opportunity to observe, learn about and interact with animals in a safe environment (proposed animals: chickens, ducks, pigs, sheep, small pets, goats, ponies). Animals will be looked after using high welfare, best practice systems.
Community Gardens: A community vegetable garden for small scale production of food by local residents, specific growing areas for local community groups, a sensory and therapeutic garden, raised beds, a children’s garden, demonstration gardens and an orchard. Wildlife areas to encourage native species and to teach visitors how to promote wildlife in their home environments.
A Place for the Whole Community
What will we offer?
An enjoyable and fun place to visit, open to the public.
A thriving community hub aiming to bring local communities together to create something amazing and to have a positive and lasting impact on people's lives.
A variety of opportunities for people of all ages & backgrounds to learn about animals, food, nature & the environment both in structured and informal ways: visits, guided tours, group visits, volunteering, workshops, courses & activities.
A caring, safe, supportive & fun setting where people can come to socialise, learn and thrive.
Events & activities for local residents throughout the year e.g. Apple Days, Harvest Fair, Halloween, Bonfire Night and celebrating cultural and traditional activities.
Courses & workshops such as gardening, horticulture, fruit and vegetable growing, cooking and healthy eating, arts & crafts, animal care.
Weekly clubs such as toddler groups, after school groups, youth clubs, lunch clubs, gardening clubs.
Services targeted to key audiences e.g. children & families, schools, young people, older people, people with physical disabilities, people with learning difficulties & disabilities and disadvantaged, isolated, vulnerable and marginalised groups.
What facilities will we have?
We hope to have the following facilities (depending on the available site):
Car park, disabled access, toilets, café, picnic area, children’s play area, an office, a small shop,
a community room and an outdoor kitchen & education area.