Hartpury volunteers muck in at Gloucester City Farm

Issue date: 15 September 2011

Sheep at St James City Farm

On Friday 16 September, 20 students from the Foundation Science Animal Behaviour and Welfare course at Hartpury College will be mucking in, and maybe mucking out, at St James' City Farm, Gloucester. The students will be kicking off their academic year with some volunteering and a chance to get to know each other through team tasks.

Hartpury College is an associate faculty of the University of the West of England (UWE). Jo Earl from UWE Volunteering said, “We are really happy to be supporting this group of students to get involved in some volunteering right at the beginning of the academic year. It's a great opportunity for them to get some hands-on experience in a community setting and is a good way to bring them together with a joint focus at the very start of their course.

“They will be helping with a variety of tasks including site maintenance and animal welfare, and should come away with a good understanding of how the city farm runs and how it contributes to the lives of local people in Gloucester.”

Lucy Clarke, programme leader to Foundation Degree in Animal Behaviour & Welfare explained, “'I read about the Big Beach Clean that UWE Volunteering organised back in May and thought it was exactly the sort of thing I would really like to get my students involved in, and importantly get them working together.”

Jo continued, “Volunteering Gloucestershire kindly put us in touch with several organisations in Gloucester to try to find an appropriate project for the students, and the City Farm fitted perfectly.”

St James' City Farm allows children (and adults) to experience the sights and sounds (and smells!) of the countryside in the inner city. Volunteers help to feed and muck out a range of farm animals including several rare breeds.

Sarah Hawkins, Farm Development Officer at St James' City Farm said “It should be a very interesting day as the City Farm is harder work than people think. I am quite looking forward to the event, this is the first time this year we have had a big group in and the City Farm always likes a challenge.”


Editor's notes

For more information on St James City Farm contact http://stjamescityfarm.tripod.com/

For more information on Hartpury College visit http://www.hartpury.ac.uk/Home/

For more information on Volunteering Gloucestershire visit http://www.volunteerglos.org.uk/

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