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Schools - Health & Safety

The safety of your staff and pupils is our primary concern so please read the following information:

Risk assessments

  • We have two risk assessments for school visits, these are available to download below.
  • We recommend that group leaders visit the farm prior to your visit to help with your own risk assessments.
  • The Access to Farm Code of Practice for Teachers which gives advice on how to avoid ill health on farms link to download is below.


Familiarisation visit

  • We allow two free adult visits per booking to allow you to conduct a self-guided familiarisation visit.
  • Once you have booked your visit, simply contact us on 01233 861493 x 221 or [email protected] to arrange.


  • We have handwashing facilities in several locations, including a welly wash station. These are all marked on the map.
  • Wash hands thoroughly after touching animals or their pens, before and after eating and when entering or leaving the farm.
  • Follow our Animal Contact Advice to maintain good hygiene while visiting the farm.

 Animal Contact Advice download

  • Alcohol gels are not a substitute for handwashing.


  • Animals should only be touched at the supervised 'Meet the Animals' sessions.
  • Outside the 'Meet the Animals' sessions, the animals should not be touched and people should not put fingers into cages, fences or wires.
  • Pregnant women should avoid contact with sheep and goats during lambing season.

Pregnancy advice download


  • Ensure all group members are dressed appropriately for a visit to the farm and the weather of the day. Wellies are advisable!

First Aid

  • There are always trained first aiders on duty.
  • We have a first aid room available.

Farm machinery/Vehicles

  • The centre is a working farm so all group members must be aware of tractors and vehicles moving around the farm and car parks.
  • Do not allow children to climb on farm machinery/vehicles.

Fire Procedure

  • In case of fire, please go directly to the nearest fire assembly point.


  • It is the responsibility of the group leader and accompanying adults to ensure the supervision and good behaviour of their group throughout their visit.
  • The group leader is responsible for ensuring the correct ratio of adults to children.

Lost children

  • If a member of the group is lost, they must go to the Gift shop. Please ensure that all group members are aware of the meeting point.

Our Staff

  • Our staff are all DBS checked.