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Sky Park Farm welcomes educational trips to learn about deer.

22.07.2021

In the last few weeks we have hosted five educational trips to the farm, all wanting to learn about deer, deer farming and sustainability.  

Our first group was from Sheet Beavers, visiting with their leaders to learn about deer. All enjoyed spending time with the deer and meeting Edal, our very friendly and often peckish hand reared deer!  

We then hosted a local self sufficiency group, visiting to learn about sustainable deer farming and visit our wonderful deer.  They were fascinated to learn in more detail about deer and our farming practices and our mission to support local producers and businesses.  

Then came three local school day educational trips, with children ranging from 4 to 14 who were all thrilled by our deer and learning about our different breeds of deer and deer farming.  All our groups were delighted to see herds of red, white and sika deer with their calves getting more vocal and playing together and they marvelled at the impressive sire stags with their antlers still growing up to 2.5cm a day! 

The school children had varying tasks during their day visits and were all enthralled when learning about our deer, from how big their antlers can grow to how long the hinds are pregnant for.  All took part and loved seeing and feeding our deer up close with our rangers on hand to share their knowledge. 

The younger children ventured into the Adventure Playground to explore our woodland wonderland, before their picnic lunch on The Terrace overlooking the deer paddocks. 

The older school children arrived on foot via the Serpent Trail from Petersfield, litter picking on their way as part of their environment week and community programme. They also managed a quick game of Pooh sticks at one of the bridges on their travels!  

Everyone left with a smile, having learnt more about deer and also having the unique experience of seeing them up close and feeding them with our rangers. 

We look forward to many more visits from our local groups and schools and those from further afield as well. Our education centre, the Deer Hub, is a large educational facility with plenty of room for visitors to learn.  With a large screen, tables, chairs and toilet facilities, we share age appropriate informational presentations about deer, deer farming and sustainability, all of which are close to our hearts and make us Devoted to Deer. 

The Serpent Trail – Sky Park Farm is located a few paces off the 64 mile long Serpent Trail at Durford Mill. 

From 16th July, Sky Park Farm is open 6 days a week from Tuesday to Sunday from 9am to 5pm.  Sky Park Farm is an avid supporter of the local community. 

Education for all ages is at the heart of Sky Park Farm’s mission and the dedicated centre, The Deer Hub, is available to extend understanding of deer farming and farmland management.

Collection of images from Educational trips held at Sky Park Farm

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