The farm is run by the Tam O’Shanter Cottage Urban Farm Trust (Reg. Charity number 505444), made up of trustees from the Birkenhead History Society, the Wirral Urban Farm Association and local Councillors.
With support from the Parks and Open Spaces section of Wirral Borough Council now being withdrawn, the Trust and the Farm ‘N’ Gro community interest company are becoming totally responsible for maintaining the farm with help from grants, donations, fund raising events, sales income and the support of many volunteers including Wirral Urban Farm Association’s ‘Friends of the Farm’ group (reg. charity no. 515789).
The Trust aims to preserve the historic, thatched Tam O’Shanter cottage and use the farm for public enjoyment and education.
We aim to involve as many volunteers as possible that want to learn about farm animals, nature conservation and the local natural environment. We are not an animal rescue centre but aim to rear farm animals for food production albeit on a small scale.
We endeavour to keep rare breeds of farm animals in as good conditions as possible e.g. free-range pigs and poultry. The animals are rotated around the paddocks to prevent overgrazing and reduce health problems. Likewise we only allow limited feeding of the poultry with corn for sale from the table outside the cafe, other than that please do NOT feed the animals.
PLEASE NOTE: The urban farm is NOT and has never been an animal rescue centre or a dumping ground for unwanted pets. Whilst we sympathise with the plight of any lost, mistreated or ‘surplus to requirements’ animal, we do not have the spare space to house lost or unwanted animals or the facilities to treat injured ones. We ask everyone to bear this in mind. Thank you.
The farm has taken great care to be a safe place for children to play and adults to relax, to be accessible for disabled people and to be an educational as well as a fun place to visit. All paths are wheelchair accessible.
Please remember when visiting the farm that all the animals can bite, or peck. Please treat them with respect.
IMPORTANT NOTICE, 16.1.17:
Due to unforeseen circumstances the farm cafe will be closed for the time being. Apologies for any inconvenience. The book sale will still be going ahead on 21st and 22nd January, as planned.
Government health advice
NEWS DECEMBER 29th 2016
Today the farm said farewell to an old friend. It was discovered very recently that parts of the oak tree on the farmyard, which had not been thriving for some time, had become so rotten that three separate tree experts recommended that it should be felled. This is sad, because the farm has grown up with that tree as a feature on the yard. The process was undertaken very skilfully today by workers from Mancoed Tree & Vegetation Management. The stump is still there; a stump grinder will be brought in to level it sometime in January. We will miss the farmyard oak, and we appreciate having had its company for the first thirty years of the farm’s history.