COVID-19

24/03/2020

HELP GREEN DRAGON ECO FARM

Thank you all for your love and support through our closure so far. A number of you have expressed an interest in helping us financially, for which we are very grateful. We appreciate times are hard for everyone right now, but if you would like to contribute in some way, here is our donation page: www.gofundme.com/green-dragon-eco-farm
Thank you 💚

22/03/2020

TEMPORARY CLOSURE

It is with great sadness to announce that we will be closing at 4pm today, Sunday 22nd March, for the foreseeable future.

We have worked hard implementing various measures to stay open for our community during these uncertain times. With 44 acres, we are well equipped for people to enjoy fresh air without being crowded. However this latest decision is after much careful consideration to further ensure the safety of our visitors, staff and animals.

We rely heavily on your support and this will be financially difficult for us as a business and for our staff. We of course hope to reopen as soon as is safe to do so. If you would like to continue to support us, details to donate will come soon. We have always offered gift vouchers, and we’ll be letting you know more about this soon too.

If there is anyone out there who feels they could offer us support, whether that be financially or with fresh fruit and veg. etc, we’d be grateful to hear from you.

If you have an upcoming booking, we will be in touch. Please bear with us however as admin staff will not be available every day. All JackFM vouchers are automatically extended by another 60 days, and we will review this in line with government advice at that time. Annual Passes will also be extended for the duration that we are closed.

Our dedicated livestock team will of course be onsite working as usual to deliver the best care to the animals. We will keep you updated with our animal news – little newborn lambs will surely help lift everyone’s spirits in the coming months.

Stay safe and keep in touch with us and we’ll hopefully see you all soon 💚

20/03/2020 PM

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

We are committed to providing an educational and outdoors experience in-line with recommended social distancing. With tonight’s announcement by the government in mind, we are adapting our offering. Therefore we will be taking the following measures:

▪️ We will be open 11am-4pm and continuing with our £5 admission offer on all days.
▪️ Access to the Soft Play will be closed.
▪️ The Café will be offering takeaway food only.
▪️ There will be no seating in the Café, we ask everyone to eat outside.
▪️ Queues to order food/drink will be controlled and food/drink will need to be collected from the designated collection point.
▪️ Pets Corner will be closed.
▪️ Attendance to encounters will be limited.
▪️ Queues at Reception will be managed, allowing one family group in at a time.
▪️ Visitor numbers in the shop will be monitored and kept to a minimum. Please be patient with us if you are asked to wait outside or pop back later.
▪️ We’re trying to keep cash handling to a minimum by using contactless payment wherever possible.

There is plenty of open air and open space and we will keep you as safe as possible, but please help us and everyone around you too. Do not visit if you are unwell, please maintain your distance from each other, and utilise the many hand washing and hand sanitising facilities provided to practise good hygiene.

We thank you for your continued support and we hope to welcome you to our beautiful green space soon 💚

20/03/2020 AM

We appreciate we are in uncertain and scary times right now. We understand there are mixed opinions on whether we should stay open or not.

After such a bad week weather-wise at February half-term, we were relying on our Easter event to help us recover financially.

Until we are forced to close, we will try to stay open. We need your business to help keep us afloat; there are staff to be paid and hundreds of animal mouths to be fed.

Please see our previous posts explaining various measures we have put in place to look after everyone, but we appreciate if you would rather stay at home.

Those of you wishing to be out-and-about in the fresh air, we will be welcoming owners with well-behaved dogs on leads for the foreseeable future, please acknowledge the signs onsite outlining the no-go indoor areas.

We need your help and support. We know that’s hard when everyone needs help and support. We have worked so hard, we would be devastated if we cannot continue moving forward.

We love and appreciate you all, thank you 💚

18/03/2020

IMPORTANT CHANGES TO OPENING HOURS & AFTER SCHOOL CLUB CANCELLED

Green Dragon Eco Farm is currently open. The health, safety and wellbeing of our visitors, staff and animals remains our top priority.

We are continuing to maintain our additional measures and procedures for our staff and our visitors’ safeguarding and following all up-to-date advice.

We remind our visitors to do the same: regularly use the handwash facilities available, back-up with hand sanitiser, be mindful of social distancing, use contactless payments if possible, and of course follow current government guidance of self-isolation if you develop symptoms of Coronavirus.

It is important to note that our opening times are changing to 11am–4pm from today, Weds 18 March.

This will allow us extra time each day to carry out additional cleaning to maintain the highest possible standards of hygiene. Our website and Facebook are the most reliable source of opening hours information, please disregard any other websites/publications that say different for the time being.

Our Daily Encounters will continue for now; we will monitor attendance at these and if any changes are to be made, we will announce so on Facebook and on our website. We are a 44 acre site, so there is a lot of large outdoor spaces for you to explore and enjoy.

Queues will be managed appropriately and the Playbarn Café will remain open, we have moved some tables apart to allow for social distancing. All our food is available for you to take outside for eating. Remember there is additional seating outside the Café, in the covered picnic area, and Messy Play Barn. The Eco Café remains closed for now, however visitors are welcome to use the outside seating of the Eco Café by the duck pond.

Please note that After School Club is cancelled until further notice.

Please contact us if you have any concerns regarding an upcoming booking or event.

Every visit to us is crucial for the continued running of the Farm. We thank for your continued support, which will be even more valuable over the coming months.

Thank you,
The Green Dragon Eco Farm family