A Year of Outdoor Learning

As the year comes to a close, we thought you may like to know what our outdoor learning team got up to in 2019.

Over 2,000 local school children visited the farm and enjoyed growing, picking, cooking and eating all sorts of farm produce, throughout the year. Children especially loved tasting the variety of herbs and vegetables grown on site, particularly the weird and wonderful cucamelons, as well as all the beautiful edible flowers.

St Mary Redcliffe C of E Primary here for International Cooking WeekEdible flowersCucamelons

The After School Club children have had great fun around the farm this year. They aren’t afraid to get stuck in and have been gardening, mucking out the animals and collecting the chickens’ eggs. They ended the year with a wonderful shadow show.

Puppet showHelping with the nursery garden

After School Club starts again on 6th February. Please go to this webpage for more information.

We’ve had some lovely feedback from visiting groups who have shared this inspiring space with us.

  •  “Thank you, Julie and team. You are always so kind to us at Windmill Hill City Farm. You make us feel so welcome.”
  • “Our children loved it – despite the rain!”
  • “We had a wonderful experience and our parents were so thrilled to know that they can return to the farm and it is free.”
Our goat getting attentionBraving the ram

This year has seen improvements to the play area as well as a super new sandpit and diggers. We have also had some special visits including an adventure play session run by the brilliant Woodland Tribe. Thanks to The People’s Postcode lottery and BYCA for providing funding for this.

Woodland Tribe will be back on 18th February for half-term fun. Please go to this webpage for more information.

We ran some great sessions with the naturalist Ed Drewett, which have helped us provide habitat diversity in the Wildlife Area. And we are loving our new wildlife game by Alistair – do pop in and have a spin next time you’re here. Thanks to the National Lottery Community Fund for their support.

Digging is always a popular activity and children and young people from 2 to 15 years old have enjoyed our digging patch this year.

Not quite stuck in the mud!

Thanks also to Children in Need for funding our nurture groups which are transforming children’s lives through outdoor play.

“One child built a particular relationship with an animal and would talk about this in school and make links. This child had often struggled building friendships in school, but since seems to be more confident on the playground and had less incidents where things have gone wrong outside.”

Finally, we hope you will enjoy the Farm in the year to come. 

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