Apr 22nd 2020 Back to latest news
We have taken the brave decision to set up a Go Fund Me page.
Before making this decision we ran a Facebook Poll asking what you thought about us setting up an opportunity for Donations to help support us during the temporary closure.
We were overwhelmed with your response!
A whopping 82% of you voted YES this is something we should look into setting up. We’ve explored a few options and after seeking advice we have now created a “GO Fund Me” Page.
Phillip and I have only ever had one grant, that was for the Indoor Soft Playzone in 2003 and with all our careful business planning we realise that the strains on the business will be huge moving forward.
That said, we must now think about these next uncertain months.
I am doing all I can which includes;
Amazingly, I was on the phone yesterday, organising a payment holiday with a company, and when she realised who we were she offered to donate, I had never met her as she was based in a head office in another county. Incredibly humbling.
It is for these reasons that we have taken advice and set up this page.
Our Farmer Palmer Customer Experience has been a key educational and fun part of family memories for a generation over the past 22 years.
Rest assured we are keeping all of our animals here for when we re-open, rather than re-homing any, and caring for them as our farming childhood taught us to years ago.
We are fund-raising for the basic necessities of our animals during the coming months. Food, bedding, any vet care, welfare requirements.
We do not usually shout about what it costs to run the Farm Park and everyone probably thinks we are loaded but the stark truth is we run the farm park from the heart because it is our family farm and our vocation.
Some facts about the costs of running the farm
Come summertime we will have over 150 sheep to shear to keep them cool, also helping to prevent fly strike in hot weather.
So you can see our dilemma. Yet, we love what we do and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
Children’s interaction, learning and education about animals and farming is so valuable.
Many of you already know:
We have successfully bottle-fed 40 baby goats, 3 times a day which the children would normally have been doing.
Minty the cow and her calf, as well as our Milking Girls, Mandy and Dotty, all eat a lot of cow nuts!
Our stunning Valais sheep love hay.
The Poll Dorset ewes need cereal feed for nutritional support whilst feeding their own baby spring lambs.
The pygmy goats and lively goat kids still need hard feed.
Our awesome guinea pigs are happily chomping their way through delicious fresh vegetables which we still buy in for them.
Our ducks and chickens need corn and the ponies have vitamins.
The alpacas, donkeys, rabbits and other animals all have specific food requirements too.
“So much to do whatever the weather, staff are always so friendly, facilities always clean and happy animals.”
“The staff are incredible so hard working and full of enthusiasm. Animals are well cared for and interaction with the children is incredible”
“Staff are so helpful and friendly too. They all seem to go the extra mile to make sure everyone has fun. There are lots of animals to pet and feed and you can see they are well looked after.”
Thank ‘Moo’ in anticipation!
A little will go a long way, we promise.
From the Palmer Family, our Team and all the Animals
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“Not a theme park but a wonderful family day out at a lovely Farm!”W Beth
"Good place for the family lots to see and do. Clean and staff helpful. Could spend a day there with the kids and have a great time. Would recommend to everyone."Regular visitor
"An absolutely lovely farm, with the most perfect helpful, knowledgeable staff. We had an amazing day."Regular visitor
Allergy Awareness "We come and visit you every week and I was so pleased to see the "no food" notice up in the soft play areas. My son is anaphylaxis to dairy and peanuts. Thank you for raising awareness and helping my son to not be at risk!"Allergy Awareness
"The imagination and creativity with the play areas is just perfect. Today we fed the lambs and it was such a special moment, I've always wanted to do it and loved it!"Local Visitor
"The passes are fantastic value for money and whenever we come to Farmer Palmer's my children never want to leave. Staff are always very friendly and helpful."Annual Pass Holder
"Even when it's pouring down, FP is a great place to come. Plenty to do under shelter and who doesn't love to put their wellies on and splash in muddy puddles! And for the mums and dads, the cake is amazing :)"Regular visitor
"A rare treat, a full day out and change!"Value for money!
"We keep coming back with our grandchildren"Grandparent’s view
"We are big fans!! My little boy wakes up most mornings asking if he can go to Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park!!"Winning testimonial
"It was amazing. From organisation to the staff, who were fantastic, we were very pleased"Team Farmer Palmer Fan
"Great family day out. Highly recommended!"Holiday visitor to Dorset
"I can't recommend this wonderful place enough. It's an amazing little piece of paradise in Dorset."Lissie Marshall