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Farm Events

Find out more about events and open days at the farm;


At Shabden Park Farm, we feel passionate about connecting people with the countryside and how it is farmed for food production and wildlife biodiversity.

For a few days every year, we hold farm open days, where we throw the farm gate open to anyone who wants to come and learn about us and the way we farm. We take part annually in Open Farm Sunday, a national day when farmers invite their neighbours and the general public onto their farms to see what goes on and to talk directly to the farmer. Our open days are timed to coincide with events in the farming year, such as lambing.

Kirstie, with alot of help from Mark, hosts school and group educational visits to the farm. We have had school groups, cubs, brownies, even adult groups. For the children, it is a great opportunity to get up close with farm animals, see them and smell them! They get to ask the farmer any questions they like about the animals, farming, food, even finances! All of this helps towards making the link between food, farming and the countryside. Kirstie is CEVAS Access to Farms trained and Shabden Park Farm is part of the Growing Schools and Learning Outside the Classroom initiatives. We are currently applying for our LOTC Quality Badge.

A few times per year, our SWT ranger Bob Crompton, and Farmer Mark, leads walks around the farm, looking at the restoration work we have done here, and the species of wildlife now evident. These walks look at the wildflowers and animals close up and last for a couple of hours.

We hold moth nights and other events looking at specific species of wildlife, in conjucntion with local experts and organisations.

Twice a year, we host sheep dog trials, organised by Surrey Sheep Dog Society. One of these trials is held as part of the Shabden Farm Picnic, and includes the monthly Shabden Farmers Market and countryside skills demonstrations.

Farmer Mark encourages lamb cuddling with his visitors

City kids from Queens Park at the farm

Ranger Bob sets out on a farm walk

 

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