This information was last updated on Monday, 1st March, 2021 following government announcements on February 22nd, updates from the National Youth Agency and our trustees.
The safety and health of our community is at the heart of Wellgate Community Farm’s COVID-19 response. We are committed to following all relevant legislation and regularly consult with a range of outside organisations to coordinate our response.
This is an overview of the activities here at Wellgate Commmunity Farm. It will be updated as regulatory restrictions and the situation at the farm change, it is not exhaustive. If you have a specific question please email us as we may not have staff covering the office phone.
Wellgate Community Farm is based in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, which is currently TIER 4 – STAY AT HOME in the government’s regional tier system, plus the current additional lockdown rules in England announced on 4th January, 2021 which remain in place until March 8th.
Educational Visits – Unavailable
Organised visits to Wellgate Farm from Schools and Early Years settings are currently postponed unless we have contacted you to inform you otherwise. We hope to be available for schools to book visits from March 8th.
Hands-On – Check With Your School
Hands-on provision is available, but check with your school.
Hatchpacks – Remote Service
We are planning socially-distant hatchpack provision for Spring 2021, equipment is to be delivered with set-up instructions, our farm instructor talk and Q&A will be delivered remotely. While we are closed, please email us and we’ll get back to you when we can.
Mobile Farm – Contact Us
We hope to make the mobile farm available again for visits soon. If you’d like to rebook a postponed visit from us for spring or summer 2021, please contact us.
Public Visitors – Reopening soon
Government plans may allow us to finally reopen to the public from March 29th. Visits to Wellgate Farm will remain free of charge to the visiting public but we will have a booking system in place to manage visitor numbers. We will announce the availability of our booking system soon at https://wellgatefarm.org and via Facebook.
Volunteering – Return from March 8th
Some regular and assisted volunteers have been asked to remain at home to enable us to scale back operations to help us maintain a safe environment for staff and volunteers to do essential operations only. We will increase the number of volunteers on-site from March 8th. Please contact us if you are a regular volunteer and we have not been in touch.
Work Experience – Return from March 8th
Work experience placements will resume as colleges/universities reopen. We’re expecting this from March 8th as schools return.
Young Farmers – Return from April 3rd
Connor is looking forward to seeing all our Young Farmers from Saturday, April 3rd.