This information was last updated on Saturday, 10th April, 2021 welcoming back our Young Farmers and including a link for public visitor bookings. Our position is still based on government announcements on February 22nd.
The safety and health of our community remains 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 and best practices including published advice from the National Youth Agency, consultation with other London City Farms and Gardens members, and our trustees.
Wellgate Community Farm is based in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. “Barking and Dagenham has one of the highest rates of coronavirus in the country” (source: https://www.lbbd.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19) , and is following the government roadmap out of lockdown at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home.
This is a brief overview of the activities here at Wellgate Commmunity Farm. It will be updated as regulatory restrictions and the situation at the farm changes. It is not exhaustive. If you have a specific question please contact us by email as we may not have staff available to cover the office phone.
Duke of Edinburgh Volunteering
Our previous sunday-afternoon DofE session is suspended. Eligible DofE students are welcome to take part in our ‘Give Something Back’ project and those volunteering hours can be counted for DofE awards.
Educational Visits – Not operating
Organised visits to Wellgate Farm from Schools and Early Years settings are currently unavailable. We expect to be able to rebook postponed visits for later this academic year.
Farm Shop – Open (at gate and cluck & collect only)
Our Cluck & Collect service is now available, plus we can supply compost, fresh eggs, and meat during our opening hours 10am-3pm daily (except bank holidays) via an at-gate service. Please come to the gate to speak to a member of staff.
Hands-On – Check With Your School
Hands-on provision is available, check with your school/college.
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 – Booking now open!
Government restrictions allow us to reopen the farm from April 12th to the visiting public. We have decided the best way to reopen safely, comply with our track & trace obligations, and limit visitor numbers is via a booking system at https://visitwellgatefarm.eventbrite.co.uk/
Volunteering – As Normal
All our our volunteers should have been contacted and invited back when they are safe and ready to return but regular days may have changed. Please contact us if you are a regular or supported volunteer and you have not heard from us.
We are also now accepting applications for volunteers aged 11-17 through the Jack Petchey ‘Give Something Back’ project in the Easter Holidays.
Work Experience – As Normal
Work experience placements are running as normal.
Young Farmers – Welcome back!
The first of our young farmers returned on April 10th. It’s great to have you back! We’ve emailed all the young farmer parents that we have details for, and Connor will be in touch with those who missed it. If you’ve not seen it then please check your junk mail or contact us.