Cancelling baby goat open day

Sadly we had to cancel this year’s baby goat open day on Sunday 7th April. The fields have been subject to such continual rain that they are just not getting a chance to dry out. 

In the past we have had several hundred visitors so use our fields as a car park but the fields are just too wet and instead of tractor trailer rides for people, it would end up with the tractor pulling cars out all day and a ruined field.

On a happier note, we will organise some more events throughout the summer. The next date for an event is Somerset day on 11th May where we will be having some food, music and local beer and cider. More details to come.

Happy new year 2024

Happy new year!

The goats are all happy and dry in the barn while we weather yet another storm. I’m certainly looking forward to some drier weather as the ground is saturated and the river really high. 

2024 will be a year of planning as we hope to apply for some agroforestry grants ready for planting in 2025. With the greater extremes of weather (rain or drought) it seems that trees could be the solution to both problems providing shelter or shade for the animals and helping the soil and biodiversity at the same time. We hope to continue to expand the veg growing with Ellie keen to build on what she started last year.

Our house is slowly and steadily growing, keeping Ian busy most of the year.

Other plans include more visitors to the farm from schools and care trusts and hopefully setting up a meat box delivery scheme.


How does your garden grow?

Delighted to say we now have Ellie taking over the veg garden project – she’s done so much in just a few months and we’re already enjoying home grown salads, kale and chard. The wonderful Seed of Hope charity are putting up the polytunnel for us so we’ll be able to get even more growing soon.

If you’re interested in volunteering on the garden project, do get in touch with Ellie on 07578884511.





















Nature friendly farming

Here at Wookey farm, we’re doing our best to farm with nature and biodiversity in mind, trying to always make decisions with nature in mind.

Hedgerows are a haven for local wildlife, providing much needed habitats for birds, mammals and insects so we let our hedges grow wherever we can. The goats also love hedges so we’ve put up stock proof fencing so they can’t destroy them!

Soil – the key to everything
I’ve done a lot of reading about regenerative farming which focuses on improving and revitalising soil health. Healthier soils store more carbon, in fact even more than trees, so its vital that we look after them. Improving soil health is key to improving productivity and biodiversity. One of the key components of healthy soil is organic matter and improving soil matter content can reduce or even stop soil erosion and improve water infiltration, water retention, nutrient cycling, plant health, biodiversity and much much more.


In order to protect the soils, we don’t use any artificial fertilisers, or pesticides and limit the amount of compaction. We’re trying to mob graze the goats so the grasses have time to recover. Mob grazing means the animals eat a third, trample a third and leave a third – therefore protecting the soils and leaving deep roots in tact. There are more nutrients available within the plants as the roots are healthier. The plants and grasses can bounce back because we have left healthy roots so they’re not having to put all their energy into the roots finding nutrients. They can concentrate on growing above ground. It sounds like a perfect solution – the only problem is the time taken to move the electric fencing and making sure they always have access to water. Also goats don’t like rain so access to shelter may be an issue – I’m sure I’ll find a solution as it really does seem better for livestock, better for soils and better for biodiversity as the longer grasses attract more insects and mammals.

Off to a farm for a workshop all about regenerative farming next week so will hopefully come back buzzing with more ideas.

Lots of really helpful advice here at the nature friendly farming network 

As well as some great podcasts

Online Shop online again

Our online shop always has a bit of a rest at the beginning of the year. The goats are dry while they wait to kid and then the kids get all the milk until the goats have enough to share. Apologies this year has taken me a little longer to get the online shop back up and running as I was busy catching up with local orders. Anyway, we’re now back in full production so you can enjoy our cheese wherever you are. 

New for 2021

Once again we are having a fantastic camping season with many families not ready to go abroad. Its been great to welcome some first-time campers and hope they have enjoyed the experience and will embrace a new style of nature-based holidays. 

Cheese making is all going well and the goats have been producing lots of lovely milk for me. 

The big news for summer 2021 is that we have opened our new farm shop. It seems to be going down well with a mix of gifts, food and alcohol. We’re trying to connect with small local producers and our stock is developing as we find out what people are wanting to buy. The only problem is our children (Ali and Ed) have clocked there is a never-ending availability of goodies to guzzle!

Click here to find out more about our new farm shop

Click here to view our online cheese shop

Summer 2020

Well this has been a pretty strange year – from a business sense, quite scary at the start of lockdown with no campers allowed, no markets but still goats producing milk. The good news was that we just got planning permission for our house so that kept Ian busy and the other great thing was how many people started to support local food delivery schemes like Somerset Local Food Direct and the Frome Food Hub as well as lots of the smaller farm shops and delis.

When 4th July hit and we were able to re-open, we had our busiest summer ever. The weather was generally kind with only a few storms putting a few people off at the end of August although I must say I’m always impressed with the resilience of campers – ‘part of the experience’ is often quoted. We were also delighted to have Andy from the Wookey Hub running his coffee stall every morning. That was a big hit so hopefully we can continue that again next year during school holidays and busier times.

Who knows what 2021 will bring but if people are happy staying in the UK for their holidays, then we’re here, ready to welcome you to our farm. We may not be able to have ‘baby goat open day’ but we will be open to visitors around kidding time.  Stay safe everyone.

Campsite open from 4th July

Following government guidelines, we are able to open again on weekend of 4th July. Easy to socially distance here at Wookey Farm as the pitches are spaced out and the meadow field is easily big enough to get more than 6m away from each other.

We’ll keep the toilets cleaned regularly. To help avoid cross-contamination, please bring your own towel and handwash, and give everybody 2m space whilst waiting for toilets or washing up tables. You can still come up and see the animals but just take it in turns to help keep our workers and other campers safe. 

Look forward to seeing you all.

Closing the campsite

Sadly we will have to close the campsite until the guidance changes with regard to coronavirus. If you are already booked in with us in April, we’ll be in touch shortly to see about changing dates or refunds. Thanks for your understanding.

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