COVID-19 Status

This information was last updated on Thursday 14th January, 2021 following a recent internal review.

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.

Educational Visits

Organised visits to Wellgate Farm from Schools and Early Years settings are NOT OPERATING.

Hands-on

CHECK WITH YOUR SCHOOL – Hands-on provision is available, but check with your school.

Hatchpacks

Operating WITH CHANGES. We are planning socially-distant hatchpack provision for Spring 2021, equipment is to be delivered with setup 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

Our Mobile Farm is NOT OPERATING.

Public Visitors

We are currently CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC. When we are able to reopen to visitors, visits will be free (you are welcome to donate at any time) and a booking system will be in place to limit numbers and meet our legal obligations. We hope to announce the new booking system when government restrictions permit.

Volunteering

Regular and Assisted farm volunteering is OPERATING AT REDUCED CAPACITY and some volunteers have been asked not to come in while we scale back operations to essential animal care and site maintenance.

Work Experience

We are CURRENTLY CLOSED for our work experience students. We anticipate that normal work experience will resume as colleges/universities reopen.

Young Farmers

CURRENTLY CLOSED – As expected, Tier-4 conditions and the additional restrictions have not allowed us to reopen, we look forward to seeing you when we can.