We are very proud to announce that Andrew Reid, the owner and creator of Belmont Farm, has been nominated for the 'London Borough of Barnet’s Civic awards 2017'. These awards recognise local unsung heroes hard work and commitment within the community. Against all odds, Andrew has kept Belmont Farm open for the public to enjoy and learn about food and farming in London’s hidden valley. As well as taking in schools, volunteers, work experience placements and social groups across Barnet and the wider area, Andrew hosts numerous charity events including Starlight Children’s Foundations summer party which provides a networking day for families whose children are suffering from serious or terminal illnesses. The event in 2016 was the largest held so far and saw over 900 guests enjoy a day out at the farm.
Noah's Ark Children's Hospice is a community based hospice service providing support for children and young people with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions and their families in the Central and North London boroughs of Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey, Islington and Hertsmere.
The children they work with have a range of conditions and often have very complex needs. Their services aim to help the children, their siblings and parents make the most of the time they have together, and we continue to support the families after bereavement.
On Friday 3rd June 2016 ‘Noah’s Ark’ charity came to visit Belmont farm for a day out for all of the family. 73 children, their siblings and their parents all had the chance to join in with interacting with our animals in petting sessions. The beautiful weather also allowed our guests to appreciate their tractor rides to explore Belmont farms beautiful valleys and come face to face with some of our bigger animals out in the fields! We absolutely loved having the charity come and visit us.
The Starlight foundation are a very special charity who brightens the lives of terminally ill children by granting them their wishes! Starlight also provide fun and entertainment to every children's hospital ward and hospice through out the UK.
For the fourth year running, we welcomed the charity back to Belmont farm for a day of family fun!
We had over 500 guests arrive at the farm to take part in all of the exciting activities that were planned! We had some very special visitors including the police helicopter unit, the fire brigade and the army! We were even lucky enough to have star wars storm troopers, Pikachu, Spiderman, Mario and Luigi come and join in the fun too!
We had tonnes of activities going on which all of our guests enjoyed including pony trap rides which were driven by the owners of Belmont Farm; Andrew Reid and his partner Corrina, loads of inflatable castles, smack-a-rat, tractor ride tours, animal petting and we even managed to keep our running victory of winning the tug of war competition between Belmont Farm and the Police force!
We had a fantastic day hosting the Starlight summer party and we are already looking forward to welcoming them again next summer!
If you would like to find out more about the Starlight charity or would like to make a donation, please visit their website..... www.starlight.org.uk.
Belmont Farm has been pleased to offer work experience placements to both local schools and trainee Vetrinary Students over the last few years as part of our work with the local schools and colleges and in educating the next generation.
All Work Experience students will do the same work as one of our Farm Workers including cleaning and looking after the animals and their enclosures together with the opportunity of dealing with the public in our petting sessions and tractor ride. Students should be 16 or over and the student would be asked to attend an informal meeting to confirm suitability prior to arranging for their school or college would to make contact with the Farm.
If you are interested in work experience at the farm please contact Farm Reception on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0207 318 4421
As part of our work within the local community the Farm encourages volunteers from the age of 16 years old and up who can help around the farm once they have attended interview with the Farm Manager.
Volunteers will get hands on experience with the animals and are an essential support network for the Full TIme Staff
If you are interested in volunteering at the farm please contact the Farm Reception on email@example.com or 0207 318 4421
As Part of the work work we do at the farm is closely linked to schools and local groups we receive many requests from these groups including PTA's to offer support for their fund raising and in turn they will help promote the farm and it's facilities within their local community as we are heavily reliant on word of mouth.
We aim to support most good causes although it is not always possible with the number of requests.
In November 2014, Belmont Farm rescued six Dartmoor Hill Ponies!
There are hundreds of wild ponies which graze on the commons of Dartmoor but the total number allowed is limited and the herd size must remain the same. Because of this, many of the ponies born there are seen as surplus and are often auctioned off for very low prices, shot and fed to animals in zoos or very badly treated.
The ponies we have rescued, which include four fouls and two yearlings, arrived on the farm in mid-November. At first, they lived in a stable to help them settle in and to give us a chance to tame them. They have now moved into a big field so that they can live in a herd which the public can view from our tractor ride.
You can find out more about Dartmoor Hill Ponies by following the link below:
Belmont Farm supports a number of local and national Charities and provides access and enjoyment to those in need.
Our budget for Charitable activities is limited, but "Opening the Farm to the community" and providing access and a place of respite for children and their families during difficult time has been one of the main aims of the farm along with the education of children of all ages.
Please find below links to some of the Charities we have Supported and worked with at Belmont Children's Farm
See Our Latest News from the recent Starlight event at the Farm - Charity News & Events