This information was last updated on Monday, 19th July 2021 following changes in the rules by the UK Government.
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 remains unavailable. 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 – As booked.
Organised visits to Wellgate Farm from Schools and Early Years settings are available to book. We have been in contact with schools to rebook postponed visits where we haven’t already.
Farm Shop – Open (at gate and cluck & collect only)
Our shop requires changes for us to be satisfied that it is covid-safe. Our Cluck & Collect service is available and we can supply compost, fresh eggs, and meat 9am-3pm daily (9-12pm bank holidays) via an at-gate service. Please come to the gate and ring the bell for service.
Hands-On – As normal
Hands-on provision is available, check with your school/college.
Hatchpacks – As Normal
Hatchpacks and accompanying Farm Instructor talks are now available, though the remote-service is an option for schools which prefer it.
Mobile Farm – Limited Service
We hope to make the mobile farm fully available again for visits soon but we currently don’t have appropriate transport for medium or large visits. We have been in touch with schools to rebook.
Public Visitors – Booking system retired
Booking is no longer required, but we ask that visitors pay additional attention to washing their hands with soap and water, to social distancing and following signage etc.
Volunteering – As Normal
All our our volunteers should have been contacted and invited back when feel 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 school 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. All Young Farmers are now expected to be back or to have contacted us if they’re going to be unavailable.