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To keep the College Farm Minehead open for all the community to enjoy on a regular basis. We also need this facility to educate our land based students who are looking to enter the landbased industry.
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Due to lack of government funding our College Farm faces further cutbacks. The future of our livestock is uncertain and a decision has to be made by the end of June 17. The livestock consists of Cattle, Sheep, Pigs and Poultry. All of which are on show to our visitors during open days and educational visits. Our Lambing Fun Days attract over 1000 people every year. Our 2 Farm Technicians are also facing redundancy at the end of August 17. We desperately need funds to develop and diversify to enable us to open our farm to the community via Open Days, Weekend Events, School visits, Adult courses, Evening Talks, as well as developing our meat sales to local shops and restaurants and also the possibility of opening a tea room. We also have a new land lord due to the Crown Estates selling the land to Sir Michael Hintze (March 17). We are desperately trying to make contact with Sir Michael to see if he can discuss the terms of our lease, as currently we are restricted in what we can provide
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
We need to maintain this fantastic educational and community facility. A great farm that offers so much to visitors and students from Early Years +. Children and adults with learning disabilities gain so much confidence and therapeutic learning through interaction with the animals. West Somerset is such a rural area and young people need access for training in Agriculture, Horticulture and Land Based studies. Currently the local area does NOT have a Community Farm for locals and visitors to enjoy.
Steps to get it done:
To provide a tourist attraction to the visitors of Exmoor and West Somerset.
Location West Somerset District
About the space
42 acres of land adjacent to the A39
West Somerset Council
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