Flat Pack Farm

What is Flat Pack Farm?

Visits can often be very costly and hard to organise. Our ‘Flat Pack’ farm offers you a great alternative. We will bring the farmyard to you, complete with chickens, goats, Shetland pony, sheep, farm dogs and more.
All of our staff are very experienced with the animals we bring and will ensure that every member of your group has the chance to experience some interaction with our animals.

FAQs

 

What animals will you bring? 

Pepper likes to go out with the flat pack farm
Our farm dog Pepper

We are a real working farm based just outside of Colchester. We have a wide range of animals on site including our award-winning dairy goat herd. We can tailor the visits to meet your needs and bring along the animals that we feel will meet the needs of your service users.  We can bring one of our four Shetland ponies all of whom are used to working with a variety people, we have bantam chickens that love to be handled, our farm dogs occasionally like to come along, they are very friendly and used to people. We often bring along a dairy goat giving you the opportunity to watch a milking demonstration. There are also the smaller animals such as the guinea pigs or our baby goats and lambs during the spring. This is not a complete list as things on the farm change and new animals join us from time to time.

When can you visit?

The ‘Flat Pack Farm’ is available to come to you on Mondays to Fridays and by special arrangement on Weekends.

How much will it cost?

We could come along just for a morning or a full day. A morning session would be for 2 hours and would cost £295 plus VAT. For the whole day we would aim to arrive with you at 9am ready to receive the first visitors by 10am, we would be available to individuals or groups until 3pm. This would cost £495 plus VAT. We also charge mileage at 45p per mile. This only applies if you are more than 10 miles away from our farm.

Do we need to provide anything?

We try very hard to make sure we have everything we need with us all we do require is water for the animals, hand washing facilities and the odd cup of tea!

How much space do you need?

Ideally, we would require an area of about 20 square feet. This could be on a field, a car park or even inside a building! We would also need somewhere to park the van and large trailer with good access to wherever we are going to set up.

Do you have insurance?

Yes, we have public liability insurance up to £5 million. Please ask if you require a copy of our certificate.

What about Health and Safety?

As an organisation we take Health and Safety very seriously. Our staff are all appropriately trained and familiar with up to date advice and guidance from Defra.

Infections – There is a risk of infection with all animals. Reducing the risks is mostly common sense. We will encourage hand washing after every interaction with our animals

DBS / Safeguarding – All of our staff have undergone DBS checks, names / numbers available on request for you to check online. Our team have also received training in Safeguarding.

Risk Assessment – We have a very robust risk assessment covering every aspect of the visit (copies available upon request). At the start of each visit we would give a ‘Keeping Safe’ talk, this would be repeated as necessary throughout the morning / day.

Licenses – As an organisation we have all of the necessary licenses that are required by law to be able to move cloven hoofed animals from one site to another.

What about the weather?

We will bring with us enough gazebos to cover the animals therefore providing shelter should it rain and also to keep the animals cool should the sun come out!

 

For further information please contact us. Telephone: 01206 735453 or Email: info@wellieson.com

 

We would just like to say thank you for joining us at Tall Trees today. The residents thoroughly enjoyed their time with your animals, especially the lovely sparkle.  So many of our residents commented on how they have never seen or touched such a small goat, so that for them was a lovely memory made and something they can now reminisce about.  It was so nice to see our residents who don’t normally respond to their surroundings actually interacting with the animals. Seeing the smiles on their faces was priceless. Between the residents with capacity and the staff, it has been the talking point of the day and it definitely won’t be forgotten.

Overall an amazing experience and we  would highly recommend wellies-on care farm.

Andrea Bradshaw
Activities Co-ordinator
Tall Trees Care Home