Lambing Festival 2020

Lambing Festival Postponed

We’re sorry to announce that the 2020 Lambing Festival has been postponed. Up until this point we have been following Government guidance around Covid-19 and putting extra measures in place to continue with this popular and loved event. However, given the number of staff and volunteers needed to provide a safe experience for visitors, and the additional measures needed under these extenuating circumstances, it is not possible for us to hold such a large event at the moment. We’re inevitably disappointed but the safety of our visitors, volunteers and staff has to come first. Read full statement.x

Opening the gates to our working farm for our annual fundraising festival!

Each year Earth Trust invites you behind the scenes of our working farm. Join us this year on 21st, 22nd, 28th and 29th March (you can book tickets for each individual date using the links).

This year we’re also offering Earth Trust Friends an exclusive opportunity to join us for an hour before the gates open for general admission. Friends with tickets for lambing on Saturday 21st March will be able to visit the lambing shed and meet the farmers from 10am, followed by complimentary coffee and cake. General admission on Saturday 21st will be from 11am. If you’d like to make the most of this opportunity then find out more about becoming a Friend and sign up here for as little as £24 a year.

Our Lambing Weekends give you an opportunity to explore the farmyard and meet some of our Farm Step tenants and their animals – including newborn lambs, piglets and goats! The farmers will be on hand to introduce you to their animals and tell you more about the life of a shepherd, pig farmer and goats’ cheese maker and the vital role they play in our land management process

But that’s not all! There’ll also be…

  • Farming past and present – a range of hands on fun activities to learn about how communities of the past farmed on our green spaces
  • Bale climbing
  • Children’s farmyard area
  • Tractor and trailer rides (weather permitting) – additional £1.50 charge per person
  • Trade stands

Refreshments, including jacket potatoes, cakes and hot/cold drinks, will be available from our Poem Tree Café – look out for a menu coming soon. There will also be a BBQ by Emma’s Ewesful Acres.

We couldn’t run our Lambing Festival without the support of our amazing volunteers. Interested in helping out this year? Find out more about volunteering at the Lambing Festival.

By coming along to a Lambing Weekend, you not only get a fantastic day out on the Earth Trust Farm, you are also helping to support our charitable objectives. Each visitor we welcome during our Lambing Festival helps support this valuable work connecting people with nature and protecting your much loved green spaces. Thank you for supporting us!

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for updates on the new arrivals to the Lambing sheds and for the latest news on our 2020 Lambing Festival.

Please note: we aim to open our Lambing Festival regardless of the weather, however, in extreme circumstances, such as heavy snowfall or freezing temperatures causing unsafe conditions or continuous rainfall making parking impossible, we may take the decision to cancel. Whilst we hope we don’t have to do this, safety of visitors, volunteers and staff is paramount. Please check our website and social media channels for updates on the day of the event. If you have purchased tickets online we will issue a full refund if the event is cancelled.

Health & Safety

We want everyone to have a fantastic day out but it’s important to remember this is a working farm. The advice given below and on site aims to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable visit to the Earth Trust Farm, so please ensure you read it.

If you become ill with an upset stomach within two weeks of attending a farm-based event please contact your GP or NHS Direct.

Children should be supervised at all times when onsite, particularly when using the bale climbing area.

No smoking or vaping except in the designated area.

Please read all of the information below:

Please wash your hands!

During lambing it is inevitable that the lambing sheds will contain dung, urine and amniotic fluid which can contain disease causing organisms. Personal hygiene is therefore vitally important. Hand washing facilities are available in the farmyard, in the outside toilets by the Centre and in the toilets in Fison Barn.

Please remember to wash your hands after:

  • Visiting the lambing sheds
  • Coming into contact with any of the other animals in the farmyard
  • Climbing on the bales

In addition please clean your shoes, wellies or wheels if they become soiled and make sure you walk/wheel over the disinfectant mats provided when both entering and leaving the lambing shed.

We advise pregnant women or those who are immunocompromised not to enter the lambing sheds.

Pregnant women

We advise pregnant women or those who are immunocompromised not to enter the lambing sheds.

Some infections can be passed from ewes to pregnant women:

  • Chlamydiosis
  • Toxoplasmosis
  • Listeriosis
  • Q fever

If a pregnant woman becomes infected it could harm her and her baby’s health therefore pregnant women are advised to avoid contact with newborn lambs or afterbirth and avoid handling clothing, boots or anything that has been in contact with ewes, lambs or afterbirth. We advise they do not enter the lambing sheds. Please ensure your family and other members of your group wash their hands thoroughly.

For further information regarding pregnant women and livestock, please see this government advice.

Dogs

Unfortunately dogs are not permitted to accompany you to any Earth Trust event, except for assistance dogs. Any visitors arriving with dogs will be asked to walk them elsewhere or return them to the car – please do ensure your car does not get too hot.

Schmallenberg virus

Schmallenberg virus is a livestock disease detected in Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and the UK. The virus was originally transmitted by midges that were either blown over or imported on animals from mainland Europe during the summer of 2011. Despite a lull after the initial outbreak, cases of the disease reappearing have occurred in subsequent years.

Ewes affected by the virus are not ill and have no symptoms – the virus only affects the unborn lambs, causing abnormalities.

A Europe-wide risk assessment has concluded that the Schmallenberg virus is very unlikely to cause illness in people. However, Earth Trust strongly advises against pregnant woman entering the lambing sheds or their vicinity to minimise contact with animals, such as ewes, lambs and other general livestock that might be in or around the lambing sheds, that could carry infections, not just Schmallenberg. Although the Schmallenberg virus specifically poses minimal risk to humans, the risk of other infections remains.  We will also be encourage a number of health and safety measures such as hand washing after visiting the lambing sheds.

For further information on the Schmallenberg virus, please see this NHS article.

 

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