Learning about nature, farming and the environment on a working farm
Gate Farm is situated in the Green Belt between Solihull, Warwick and Coventry. It is a working farm, but it also has some very special features which make it an ideal place to come and learn about nature, the importance of our environment and the place of farming in the natural world.
- full range of learning experiences available for every age group
- opportunities for nature study and outdoor science
- art and craft activities using natural and found materials
- insight into farming and the care of animals
- wide range of facilities ready for learning activities
- disabled access paths to meadows and woodland
- full funding for groups of children and young people to age 16.
Central to the farm's conservation activities is a 10.5 acre (4.25 ha) species rich wildflower meadow in which more than 130 plant species have been recorded, including grasses and wetland plants such as sedges and rushes as well as many different wild flowers - all of which have come naturally from local seed. These support a huge range of butterflies, moths and other invertebrates as well as large populations of farmland birds. A further 2 acres of meadow are being restored which will make a natural corridor to connect with adjoining Local Nature Sites known as Longbrook Meadows.
Trees, hedges and watercourses
Long Brook is an important tributary to the River Blythe SSSI where you can see fish and aquatic life at close hand. The hedges are maintained to encourage wildlife, including restoration of the once-common elm hedges which support the Wite Letter Hairstreak butterfly, and trees are left to grow naturally to support many species.
Natural and found materials
The farm sits on clay which is a useful and traditional material for building, making bricks and pots as well as art projects. The resident sheep shed wool and several areas of the farm grow willows from which you can make hurdles, baskets and other craft items. Leaves, twigs and cones can all be turned into beautiful objects, teaching a whole range of skills.