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Early last year our beloved cows retired from Farm life, they are sorely missed but are enjoying their new home.
This year we are hoping to bring cows back by rehoming two young Shetland Cows, half sisters, Brie and Meg.
Shetland cows are rare breeds and have been classified as a minority by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust. This year there has been a 5% decrease in registered breeding females in the UK. In bringing these beautiful young ladies to the farm we hope to help the breed thrive!
Please share or donate if you can: Fundraiser by Maria Day : Fundraising for cows (gofundme.com)
Thank you so much for your support.
We are excited to be able to offer Christmas Trees this year. If you haven’t already bought yours why not help support a local charity and purchase your tree from Deen City Farm!
All trees are 6ft Nordmann Firs
Collection is available from Thursday 3rd December between 10:00 and 16:00. However if you need to collect your tree outside these hours it may be possible, call 02085435858 to double check.
Time on your hands?
Do you want to be outdoors doing something for your community?
Then volunteering at Deen City Farm and Riding School could be for you.
In this difficult time, Deen City Farm and Riding School knows the importance of having somewhere safe, educational, and fun to visit. Somewhere free, local, and outdoors. Somewhere that takes its urban visitors away from the hassle of city life and gives them a chance to enjoy the peace and splendour of a rural environment.
Due to the challenges of opening safely through the coronavirus, we are looking for volunteers to help manage visitor flow and admission. We want our visitors to be able to relax at our farm and feel confident that their safety is a priority. To achieve this we have set up a one-way route and ticketing system; ensuring that we manage the number of visitors on the Farm at any point in time and are able to observe the requirements for social distancing.
To help visitors find their way around the Farm, and to deliver a friendly and welcoming experience, Deen City Farm and Riding School is looking for adult Public Engagement and Wayfinding Volunteers, who are:
Thank you all for your questions about reopening. First, we would like to say another heartfelt thank you for all the support and donations that have kept us going since March, and to say that we’re very grateful that we’re in a position to look forward to welcoming back visitors.
On June 1st government advice was that farm attractions would not reopen before July 4th, and the industry was told that date would not be reviewed before June 18th. So the announcement this week about the possibility of reopening on June 15th took us, and many other venues like us, by surprise. When we reopen, we will have to limit the number of visitors, use timed admission slots, and put in measures to keep visitors and our staff safe. We will need signs, barriers, enhanced cleaning routines, PPE supplies, and new risk assessments for many activities. We had been working towards a July 4th opening, and are now accelerating our plans and preparations so we can open earlier. When we are confident that we have a date to reopen safely, we will announce it on our website and on our social media, along with full details of booking arrangements, and an explanation of what to expect when you visit.
Thank you again for all your interest and support, and we ask that you keep an eye out for further announcements.
Deen City Farm and Riding School
Salary: c£35,000 plus pension
Location: Merton, SW19
Hours: Full time 40 hours per week with options for flexible working. Occasional weekend and evening working
Deen City Farm and Riding School is a successful community resource comprising a city farm, riding school, café and garden project based in the London Borough of Merton.
Our mission is to be an oasis providing urban communities with the opportunity to connect with animals and nature.
Our founding charitable objectives include promoting education in agriculture, horticulture, home-crafts, country life and animal care and providing facilities for members of our local communities, in particular those considered the most vulnerable.
We seek a new General Manager to work closely with the board and management team to develop and deliver innovative business, fundraising and communication/publicity strategies and work to ensure the long-term sustainability of the farm.
A positive attitude, ability to identify imaginative and productive ways of utilising the farm’s many assets, and the drive to deliver on those plans will be essential as the farm moves through one of its most challenging and potentially exciting periods in its history.
We are looking for an inspiring and inclusive leader with brilliant communication and relationship building skills and the ability to work with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders. It is likely you have worked for a charity and must have a real interest in community, youth and environmental issues.
Financially literate you must have a commercial mindset and ability to work with a dedicated board of trustees in the development of new ideas for the farm.
To Apply please send a CV and Cover letter to: email@example.com
The successful appointee will be subject to a DBS check.
Closing date for application: 31st May 2020
While the Farm and Riding School are closed, we will still be looking after the animals and working to raise the funds to make sure we can reopen when the crisis passes. A huge, heartfelt thank you to everyone who has been so generous in supporting our Just Giving Appeal, #savedeencityfarm.
We don’t have anyone to answer our Information Desk telephone, but we will keep checking and answering emails. So if you want to get in touch please don’t call but email us at <information @deencityfarm> and we will get back to you.
We will be running another virtual Pony Club session for 8 to 14 year olds next Saturday, April 11th, at two fifteen, which can be booked online here:
You just need a device, a zoom account (which is free) and an internet connection.
We will also be posting regular updates on Facebook and Twitter and we hope to start doing some live streams soon so you can see how the animals are doing.
Stay safe and healthy, and we hope to see you all soon.
Following a meeting of the Board of Trustees in early March, we reluctantly took the decision to close the Farm to the public with immediate effect.
Our priority is to still be here when life gets back to normal, so we are concentrating our limited resources on keeping our animals happy and healthy.
We are asking anyone who would like to help us survive this crisis to please donate at our Just Giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/savedeencityfarm
It costs us up to £4,000 a month just to look after all our animals, so we really do need your help if we’re going to get through this.
We have had to reduce our staffing, so please bear with us and use email rather than telephone to get in contact if possible.
We will be posting more news and information when we have it, so please check back regularly. Look after yourselves and each other.
COVID-19: INFORMATION FOR VISITORS
The safety and wellbeing of our visitors andstaff is our priority and we will take all necessary precautions to ensure their continued welfare. As with many businesses, we are actively monitoring the situation with regards to the outbreak of Covid-19 coronavirus and are following the guidelines of Public Health England. The advice from the health authorities has not changed, so the Farm and Riding School are operating as normal and standard terms and conditions on bookings continue to apply.
If you are planning on visiting the Farm from an area that has been directly affected by the coronavirus AND if you are showing symptoms similar to those associated with the virus (for example: fever, cough, breathlessness), we please politely ask that you do not visit and instead call NHS 111 for further advice and instruction. During your visit, we wish to reassure you that we are taking all possible steps to minimise the risk of contagion, including the implementation of an enhanced cleaning regime throughout the site. We will take all necessary precautions to protect the health of our visitors and staff. We ask all our guests to observe high standards of personal hygiene whilst visiting the Farm and Riding School. There are simple precautions everyone can take to help prevent the spread of the virus, including:
If you do feel unwell during your visit, please contact a member of staff immediately – maintaining a safe distance of two metres where possible.
Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.
The Café will be closed from Monday 23rd December 2019 and will reopen on Friday 3rd January 2020. The farmyard is open on the 2nd.
The Riding School will be closed on Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th December 2019 only.
WE WOULD LIKE TO WISH EVERYONE A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR
The builders are on site this week laying a new surface for our riding arena. There will be trucks and materials moving around so please take extra care, and please keep an especially close eye on children. The playground, cafe and Farm are all open as usual.