Haylands Farm was kindly given a micro flight by IW Mencap. In the spring we picked a member of staff out of a hat to take the micro flight. Our staff member Jodie was the lucky victim and she set about raising funds for the farm.
On Saturday 12th August, we had a window of clear weather and Jodie was finally able to take to the skies. Jodie managed to raise over £500 which will go towards a farm outing to thank our wonderful students for all their hard work on the farm!
This August we were awarded a generous donation by Ryde Town Council. The donation of £850 was presented to the farm by former mayor and councillor Henry Adams who chose us as his ‘charity of the year’.
The money will be used to create new accessible pathways for the sensory garden which is to be developed on the farm.
You can find out more about the Sensory Garden Project on the blog post.
We are very pleased to announce that we won first prize. Well done to all our students, volunteers and staff. Thank you for all your hard work! We would also like to say a big thank you to our local community for supporting us over the years.
At the start of Spring we have welcomed five new goats to the farm. Four of the goats are a Pygme breed which is a small breed of domestic goat. The goats are called Hector, Scruffy, Billy and Crystal. We also have another goat called Charlie who is a Bagot. Bagot breeds are believed to be the first recorded goats in Britain.
The goats came from nearby Wootton but needed re-homing. Nichola Cook, the manager of Haylands Farm took a particular liking to Crystal who is the youngest and smallest of the five goats. Crystals size and curious nature has resulted in her needing to rescued on a couple of occasions as she likes to poke her head through the wire fencing.
The goats have settled in well with the rest of the farm residents and are happily sharing the fields with our older goats Barbara and Luka.
In late April we watched the new ducklings make their way into the world. The first duckling Stella arrived on the 20th of April 2017. Quickly followed by Chantelle and Dave. We had a late arrival from Duncan who is the smallest member of our ‘Runner’ duck family. The ducks have not been sexed yet and we are waiting to see if they will be crested, time will tell!