A statement about Coronavirus COVID-19 from Heeley City Farm;
The spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is a concern for all of us and we’re taking the situation seriously.
We are keeping up to date with advice from (i) NHS England and (ii) Department of Health and Social Care which you can find on their websites: https://www.gov.uk/…/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-fo… and https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ (both very clear and informative).
The government site gives clear guidance on what to do (e.g. self-isolate) if you have returned from visiting any of the affected areas, whether you are experiencing symptoms or not. Anyone with a "new, continuous" cough or high temperature is now advised to self-isolate for seven days, as the UK government moves to the "delay" phase of its plan to tackle coronavirus.
We are putting practical measures in place in our building to help reduce the spread of the virus.
We have closed all enclosures we are able to at the Farm. As we are an open site some of the some of the areas are still open to walk around, for your daily exercise, but if you do come to the Farm please follow the giovernment and the site's guidelines;
- Social distancing - stay 2-3 metres away from each other at all times
- Wash your hands - wash your hands thoroughly for a minimum of 20 seconds, there are sinks around the site to do this
- Do not come to the Farm if you are showing symptoms or feeling unwell
Please take advice from NHS and the Government - was your hands regularly with soap and water, cough into elbows or into a tissue.
IF YOU ARE FEELING UNWELL PLEASE DO NOT COME TO THE FARM. We are an open We have many vulnerable people who come to and use the farm who the World Health Organisation would class as "At Risk".
All at Heeley City Farm
Garden Centre open online!
Our garden centre is now open again but ONLINE ONLY - We are now on Shopify!
ALL ORDERS ARE COLLECTION ONLY!
Check out then new store here https://heeley-city-farm.myshopify.com/collections/all
Thanks again to all those who have bought from our store and supported us during these unprecedented times.
A friendly farm and environmental visitor centre
in Heeley at the heart of Sheffield, South Yorkshire.
Come and meet our friendly animals; play in our under-8s playground; enjoy fresh, home cooked meals in our Cafe, The Farm Kitchen or stock up on plants from our peat-free Garden Centre.
There are always lots of events and activities happening.
You can also do all your recycling in our Community Recycling Centre!
Can you help out the Farm? You can donate to the farm via our JustGiving Page
The Farm is free entry!
12th May 2020 -
We have had people turning up at the Farm expecting the Garden Centre to be open as normal to look around, this is not the case,
THE GARDEN CENTRE AND THE FARM ARE STILL CLOSED.
We are a small site and if we re-opened social distancing would be impossible so to keep our staff and visitors safe so are still be operating in the same way we have been for the past couple of weeks.
All sales are through SHOPIFY and it will be collection only from the farm following the path painted on the floor to adhere to social distancing.
Thanks, Heeley City Farm team
11th May 2020 -
There's a new online platform started called The Buzz!
The Buzz has been designed to be inclusive and accessible to a wide audience including people with a learning disability. It will become a collection of free videos with activities that people can do at home, such as art, dance, exercise, cooking and more. New videos will be added to our dedicated Facebook group every weekday, and weekly on our Small Good Stuff website.
Each video is produced by one of the many fantastic community enterprises who have been supported by Community Catalysts. All the enterprise leaders are experienced in running inclusive, accessible and fun sessions designed to keep everyone motivated, energised and entertained during lockdown.
The Buzz can be accessed in two ways:
1. On the Facebook group – search on Facebook for ‘The Buzz by Community Catalysts’ or click this link: www.facebook.com/groups/hellothebuzz
2. On our Small Good Stuff website - www.smallgoodstuff.co.uk/the-buzz/
31st March - We are very saddened to lose Philip Ridsdale who volunteered and worked with the youth and animal team at Heeley City Farm for over twenty years.
Phil, 'Flip' or 'Twitch', had many passions which he became an expert in, including bird watching, photography, wildlife identification, animal husbandry, farming, and in recent years even Pokémon Hunting!
He had been a regular visitor to the bird observatory at Spurn point and had carried out in-depth studies of the birds at the farm and in surrounding areas. He installed owl nest-boxes around the peak district and farm and also recently became qualified in bird ringing, which he was demonstrating and teaching to others.
Phil had a huge positive impact on many young volunteers over the years, teaching them many things from animal care to recognising birds and wildflowers, passing on his expertise wherever he was able.
Phil would do anything for anyone and was a source of knowledge for locals about nature. People would come down to the farm just to ask him - he always knew the answers!
He will be remembered for his dry sense of humour, huge knowledge on so many natural subjects, great strength, gentleness, passion, patience when teaching young people, and willingness to work at unsociable hours (midnight delivering lambs, working Christmas day and running 5am dawn chorus bird walks to name but a few)!
He will be sadly missed by hundreds of volunteers, staff he has worked alongside and members of the bird, wildlife and Pokémon groups he was so active in.
Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this hard time.
On at THE FARM KITCHEN
Wednesday 18th March
The cafe is currently closed due to the corona virus lockdown. We will update here when we are back open. Thanks, HCF
As well as a visitors centre the Farm does lots in the community, some of the projects we run include the following:
- Alternative Provisions 13-16yrs Education
- Learning Disabilities Placements
- Dementia Department
- South Yorkshire Energy Centre
- Local Food Growing
- Sheffield Safe Places
- School and Group Visits
- Community Heritage Department
- Garden Centre
- The Farm Kitchen (our onsite cafe)
- DBS Checks
As a charity we rely on the generosity Visitors and the wider public
We receive no core funding to help run the Farm, which is why donations are so important.
Little purple donation boxes can be found round the site.
If every visitor donated just £2 it would help the Farm run and continue to do the work we do.
You can also donate by going to our JustGiving page
Our Mission Statement
Heeley City Farm identifies, confronts and addresses the problems of poverty, inequality, prejudice and lack of opportunity in our inner city community by supporting and promoting community regeneration and self help within environmentally friendly and self-sustaining systems, using the background of a mini farm, community gardens and related resources.