During these exceptional times Patchwork Farm has continued to offer a peaceful and therapeutic space to Chailey residents, school pupils and staff alike.
Although we are not getting any animals out for children and young people to handle at this time, they are still able to come to the farm to see the animals and to feed them. During the hot weather we have had children and young people visiting the farm – and some have developed a liking for being pushed in their wheelchairs under the spray from the hose causing lots of squealing and laughter!
As always there is lots to do on the farm and the lockdown has given me the opportunity to carry on with some improvements, although getting materials has not been easy due to a lot of businesses closing during the pandemic.
I planted a willow tunnel and fedge, during the February half term, in horizontal rain and high winds! Typically the weather improved the following week!
The willow tunnel has been planted to create a sensory experience, where our young people will be able to walk through the tunnel and go from light to dark, warm to cool on a hot day, and hear the sound of the leaves rustling in the wind. As the farm is very open and exposed the willow fedges will create a natural screen to close off different areas of the farm.