White Post Farm is set to reopen for business this month with a raft of safety measures in place and 500 limit on visitor numbers.
The 32-year-old farm at Farnsfield, one of the best-loved Notts attractions for families, was forced to shut in March 2020 and faced a financial crisis over the summer with the loss of gate sales, its main source of income.
It faced the threat of permanent closure but survived thanks to fundraising which brought in more than £20,000 – enough to fund two months’ feed for the animals.
Anthony Moore, 40, the operations manager, said: “We’re very lucky that we can still reopen. In the third lockdown, we missed the whole of the spring, a lot of the summer and of course, of this year as well. We had to ask for help from the people of Nottingham, who were very kind and made donations that helped us survive.”
The farm also sold sponsorship packages and subscriptions through Facebook.
They are broadcasting the birth of new lambs on their Facebook page, allowing subscribers to watch it live. “At present, it is a lovely sight – we have got a bunch of lambs’ and goats’ babies bouncing on the farm,” Moore added.
They are expecting to reopen on Monday, April 12 at 16 per cent capacity and new measures, including online booking, arrival time slots to help ease queueing, and a one-way system. Multiple handwashing stations and hand sanitisers have also been installed on the site.
To ensure social distancing, the farm – which can accommodate 3,000 visitors – has limited the number to 500.
Moore, who has worked at White Post Farm for more than two decades, said the reopening would be emotional. “We are tremendously excited and a little nervous. We are ready to welcome visitors and provide them with a safer and hopefully even better experience when it reopens,” he added.