Busy Bees Farm is an extension to our nursery school founded in 1981.The “farm” is a 12 acre site at the rear of the school. We view it as our outdoor classroom.
Here we endeavour to provide the very best educational opportunities for children and adults to learn about our countryside and encourage its sustainability, using it as a vehicle to encourage children and parents to make good food choices, whilst building a love and respect for nature and our planet. The children are actively involved in all aspects of our farm including – growing, harvesting and cooking their own vegetables, fruit and herbs. In addition we keep our own bees, chickens, pygmy goats, 2 sheep, 3 ponies and a herd of thirty six beautiful alpacas.
The animal waste feeds six 40’ long worm beds. We aim to be as self sufficient and eco friendly as possible. We grow all our own plants free from pesticides, herbicides and other harmful chemicals. We only use organically produced feeds and fertilisers which we produce from our own worm tea, comfrey tea, compost bins and manure heaps. We strive to work with nature rather than against it.
A few years ago we created a wild life pond from a much neglected corner of land behind the school and although it is small it is amazing how many creatures reside there including, birds, hedgehogs, frogs and a multitude of creepy crawlies. We have put stacks of logs and heaps of rocks to provide shelter for our little friends and have a little pond surrounded by rushes and bushes which allows them to drink, and swim and hide whenever they wish. By helping these little creatures we are helping all life around us thrive.
Our wildlife garden is very dynamic with so much going on the children absolutely love it!