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About Us

Woodgate Valley Urban Farm is a Registered Charity dedicated to offering a range of practical work and volunteering experience for those within our local community. There is a special emphasis on supporting young people with Special Educational needs, those suffering from social exclusion, educational exclusion and poor mental health.

The Farm holds and manages Farmland, Orchards and woodland within Woodgate Valley Country Park under licence from Birmingham City Council. The farms survival relies entirely upon donations from the public, grant giving organisations, benefactors, service level agreements and partnerships. Our Area of Benefit as a Charity radiates for seven and a half miles from the site, not only into Birmingham but also into Sandwell, Solihull, Warwickshire and Worcestershire.

In addition to our core work and responsibilities, we open the farm to the public on set days per week and for special events. Schools and other groups must book visits in advance so we can ensure we can accommodate you.

The Farm is designated as a Non-Animal Contact Project within current Health & Safety Guidelines. This means we cannot allow any form of contact with the animals by general visitors. The only contact is by supervised placements and staff. For health and safety reasons we do not allow visitors to bring food onto site for either human or animal consumption. We strictly enforce a ‘no picnics’ and ‘no animal feeding’ policy which is a condition of entry.

As a Registered Smallholding we are regularly inspected by DEFRA (Department for the Environment, Farming and Rural Affairs) in respect of our legal responsibilities for livestock and by the Animal Welfare Officer of Birmingham City Council in respect of associated Regulations.