Two Shetland ponies for Bath City Farm
We are looking for funding to buy two Shetland ponies for the farm.
The children that attend our hosted school visits respond exceptionally well to the animals; and in particular the Shetland ponies. These children enjoy grooming, feeding and walking the Ponies and it is a fantastic opportunity for them to get outside and enjoy the environment. Their teachers have commented on how much they look forward to coming to the farm and the positive effect that it has on their mood once they have left the farm.
The ponies are also very popular with the 15,000 annual visitors to the farm and are looked after by the 50 regular weekly volunteers who attend our groups, projects and the general volunteering programme.
CostOur Shetland ponies are currently on loan, but we would like to purchase the ponies to ensure that these children continue to receive this excellent experience; it costs £500 to purchase the two ponies and £500 for ongoing maintenance (this includes feed, care and farrier fees).
What is Bath City Farm?The farm is a registered charity funded in its entirety by donations and grants. Established in 1995 to meet the needs of those living in the deprived local communities of Twerton & Whiteway it now has a full calendar of community events and an incredibly well subscribed volunteer programme.
The farm provides opportunities for structured training to learn practical, transferable skills in a friendly and supportive environment. These projects have been successful in helping people enter initial employment or return to employment. With its spectacular views across the beautiful City of Bath it is also a popular place for tourists and locals to visit, feed the animals and picnic.
The Farm's projects in more detail:Our projects are targeted at the local communities of Twerton & Whiteway:
Grow it, Cook it, Share it!A weekly community growing project for individuals experiencing mental distress to learn how to grow food, cook with the produce and eat together in a friendly, supportive environment.
Make & BakeA volunteer group that meets twice a week to create crafts and food to sell through the farm shop, Trough cafe and local craft fairs.
EarthworksA weekly horticulture therapy project for adults with learning difficulties which included sowing seeds, looking after plants and animals, cooking with the produce and building raised beds.
Get Green!A weekly skills training session targeted at young people not in education, employment or training.
General adult volunteeringThe farm's general adult volunteering programme is an opportunity for individuals to get involved in animal care and gardening, landscaping and grounds maintenance.
Landscape & Gardening MaintenanceThis social enterprise employs young people who are not in education, employment or training to provide a Landscape & Gardening Service for the local community.
What our volunteers have to say about our volunteer programme: