Soham's South Angle Farm needs help as owner calls on community to help it survive the coronavirus pandemic
An educational farm in Soham has called on the community to help it survive the coronavirus pandemic after restrictions forced it to close its doors.
South Angle Farm is a Cambridgeshire County Council-owned farm leased and run by David Woricker and his wife, Liona.
Visitors are the farm’s only source of income and it would normally welcome around 20,000 in a year, with 75 per cent of those visiting between March and the end of July. A significant portion of its revenue is generated by visits of groups of schoolchildren, including those with special needs, and the farm would usually cater for around 50 a year. Once schools closed these visits ceased and then last week the farm was forced to make the decision to close for the forseeable future.
Many of its animals found their way there after starting life neglected. All are loved by those who care for them as well as the countless children who visit to learn about them from the farm staff who include Daisy Russell and animal presenter Jess Cooke.
The residents include donkeys, alpacas, goats, hens, orphaned lambs, and Wilbur the pig who was brought to the farm as a piglet after being found on the side of the road. The farm also has a reptile house
“It’s a very testing time for us all here,” said David, “Daisy and Jess have been amazing and Cambridgeshire County Council is being very supportive.” So far the farm’s Crowdfunding page has raised £2,500 towards its £5,000 target. “ We have been humbled by the support shown so far,” said Daisy.
To donate go to crowdfunder.co.uk/south-angle-farm-survival
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