River Bourne Community Farm in Laverstock, just outside Salisbury, is the perfect destination to visit during the summer holidays, according to farm manager Jane Wilkinson who welcomes tourists, locals, and all age groups.
“We have a wide-range of livestock including Oxford pigs and new-born piglets, alpacas, cattle, sheep, hens, goats, donkeys, turkeys, rabbits and guinea pigs. We give free entry and children love seeing the animals in their natural surroundings. We also sell local produce in our brand-new café/shop,” Jane explained.
Education is a fundamental part of the farm’s ethos – working closely with schools, colleges, disabled people and the wider community, to encourage outdoor activities and interest in agricultural and sustainable living. BTEC courses are delivered four days a week on- and off-site, providing students with vital experience and knowledge to enter the farming industry.
“There’s lots to learn on the farm; practical skills, machinery and animal management and care is so important. We care for lots of animals, and although we are a commercial farm, we make sure the animals are kept healthy and have a high-quality of life. We have 58 acres of water meadow to tend to as well, and the work here is continuous.”
Recent development on the farm includes a new café, engineering workshop to help with onsite maintenance, open barn venue ready for hire (for functions and special occasions), and environmentally-friendly compost toilets.
“We are grateful for funding to cater for our new facilities and the farms upkeep. We rely on our dedicated volunteers and visitors to keep the farm running. We look forward to welcoming visitors over the summer period,” Jane added.
River Bourne Community Farm is open Tuesdays to Sundays, 10am to 4pm.