The summer holidays are perfect time to make improvements to the farm, and to catch up on any repair work that may need doing and this summer was no different. We had several projects in mind for over the 6 weeks which all involved taking what we already have in place and making them bigger and better.
One of the first things was to make a new enclosure for our chinchilla, Meg, which we built at the back of the food shed. She now has a huge, multi-story walk in enclosure in which the children can go inside to play with her, something her old cage couldn’t allow and will be greatly beneficial to Megs wellbeing in the long run as well as adding an exciting new part of the farm.
Sticking with improved enclosures, we have created a new ‘Rabbit town’ area at the back of the rabbit enclosure. This area allows the rabbits a safe, enriched outdoor play area that will allow them to have much more exercise and do the things rabbits like to naturally do. The area also allows the children to sit amongst the rabbits as they play, with hiding places for the rabbits to take time out if they need to.
The rabbits that will be living in Rabbit Town are four Netherland Dwarf Rabbits that arrived on the farm this weekend. Netherland’s are a rare breed of rabbit that are much smaller and calmer than the normal pet rabbit. They do need special care, especially in grooming and diet. You can see photos of the rabbits below.
In the Farm Garden, we have built to huge new vegetable beds, one shallow and one deep, so we can grow even more produce and different varieties of vegetable this school year. We are getting better and better each growing season so we are very excited for the new one.
After moving around 10 tonnes of wood chip into the pig enclosure in preparation for the new piglets, they arrived 2 weeks ago, giving them time to settle in to their new home before the new term. This term we have three saddle-back piglets that are around 10 weeks old now. They are friendly and love to have their bellies rubbed.
They will be with us until around February before moving on to have piglets of their own.
The final change on the farm is the sensory garden which was completed on the last week of term with the wet, warm summer really allowing the new plants to bed in and they are looking absolutely fantastic, by Spring next year the garden will be fully established and we will be able to see, smell and touch all the wonderful plants.