Unbelievable new sights to open at fashionable nation park – together with a rabbit village and farm path


There are thrilling plans afoot for Sandwell Valley Nation Park with the introduction of a brand new farm path, ‘Rabbit Village’, farm store, countryside market, espresso bar and picnic space. Sandwell Valley Park Farm has now closed and all of the animals are transferring to close by Forge Mill Farm.

The previous park farm will probably be remodeled into a brand new customer centre for Sandwell Valley, providing nature, animal, heritage and gardening actions for households. Work is already underway and the venture is about to open in April 2022.

Forge Mill Farm is already residence to many animals and is visited by tens of 1000’s of households a yr. It’s now being relaunched and expanded with a brand new interactive farm path, extra livestock and plans for an exercise barn and farm cafe. And the land practice is about to return too!

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“Sandwell Valley Park Farm has, for the reason that late 20 th century, been residence to animals for guests to get to know, pet, and love,” stated a spokesman for Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council. “Previously often called Sandwell Valley Park Farm, the Courtyard can not be a working farm – our animals are capable of be a lot better cared for and have more room and a focus at Forge Mill Farm.

“Renamed Sandwell Valley Customer Centre, we’ll grow to be a centre for countryside schooling and customer expertise, together with telling the story of Sandwell Valley and Sandwell and selling animal welfare, nature and wildlife, gardening, heritage, and countryside actions.

“Sandwell Valley Nation Park is residence to an award profitable tea room. Our plans in 2022 embrace a brand new menu for the tea rooms, accessible and dog pleasant outside seating areas, extra espresso bars for walkers, and a brand new Forge Mill Farm Espresso Bar and Picnic Space. Our new Countryside Farm Outlets at Forge Mill Farm and Sandwell Valley Customer Centre will probably be residence to locally-sourced countryside and farm merchandise.”

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What’s coming to Sandwell Valley Nation Park

Sandwell Valley Rabbit Village and Victorian Backyard

The Sandwell Valley Rabbit Village will probably be a brand new residence for dozens of adopted rabbits, with a number of open area, their very own ‘village’ homes. Launching in April 2022 in what was beforehand the Sandwell Valley Park Farm, it’s hoped the village will grow to be ‘the largest and most rabbit-friendly residence’ for Sandwell Valley’s adopted residents. It’s going to function interactive areas for educated animal welfare employees to show households about rabbit welfare, historical past, and care.

The Victorian Gardens may also be refreshed, enabling guests to work together and be taught all about conventional gardening. There may also be a disabled entry group gardening space, and volunteer actions to develop and keep the gardens.

Forge Mill Farm Path

Forge Mill Farm is being relaunched in April with a number of new livestock, together with many uncommon breeds. Households will be capable to go to and be taught concerning the animals in a brand new interactive schooling tour.

This features a model new accessible Forge Mill Farm Path, increasing the dimensions of the farm and customer expertise. Forge Mill Farm will proceed to increase all through 2022 and 2023 with plans for a Farm Exercise Barn and Forge Mill Farm Cafe.

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Pop-up stalls and markets in Sandwell Valley Courtyard

Look out for a great deal of enjoyable actions deliberate for the Sandwell Valley Park Farm Courtyard. This lovely, historic location is much-loved for its occasions, equivalent to the favored Santa on the Valley, and can stay the identical however with the introduction of heaps extra household occasions selling animal welfare and countryside schooling.

There will probably be leisure and actions, pop-stalls and particular countryside markets, plus seasonal occasions equivalent to Easter at The Valley and Santa at The Valley. There is a tea room and countryside store plus accessible bathrooms and seating areas. What’s extra this space is free to entry and dog-friendly.

The return of the Sandwell Valley Nation Park Land Prepare

The favored Sandwell Valley Nation Park Land Prepare will return in 2022, enabling households to go on a pleasant trip all through elements of the nation park.

And the excessive ropes and aerial assault course has been restored and will probably be prepared to be used in late 2022. An operator is at present being commissioned to run this.

New Forge Mill Farm Espresso Bar and Picnic Space

The brand new Forge Mill Farm Espresso Bar will probably be accessible to walkers and guests to the farm, with free entry to the picnic space. Promoting cold and hot drinks and snack meals, you should purchase a drinks, muffins, or snacks to go together with your individual picnic.

Launching in June 2022, the newly refurbished picnic space will probably be on the free-to-access entrance to Forge Mill Farm. Look out for a brand new Sandwell Valley Walkers Espresso Bar too, which will probably be open at weekends and through holidays for walkers who desire a ‘seize and go’ scorching or chilly drink, cake or snack, in the course of their stroll.

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New farm store, pop-up retailers and markets

The store at Forge Mill Farm is returning to its heritage as a conventional farm store in April. The relaunch contains farm schooling merchandise and books for youngsters, farm associated food and drinks grown, made or reared at Forge Mill Farm and Sandwell Valley or regionally and sustainably sourced. There may also be farm-themed items, arts, crafts and books.

From April 2022, look out for particular pop-up retailers and countryside markets showcasing merchandise from farms, crafters and artists throughout the West Midlands. Contributors will embrace dog cake bakers, bird-feeder makers, farmers and specialist retailers promoting farm, countryside, nature and wildlife themed services and products.

And the store at Sandwell Valley Customer Centre is being relaunched in April with new merchandise for walkers, nature and wildlife lovers, dog lovers, and heritage schooling. It will embrace merchandise that you’d solely get to purchase at a rustic park store – from particular muffins to meat and veg grown and reared at Sandwell Valley or regionally sourced.

Journey playground enhancements

Most households within the space know that the Sandwell Valley Journey Playground is nicely value a go to. There are climbing nets, a rope bridge, an eight-metre-high tower with a slide, swings, a double zip wire, sandpit, a dragon roundabout, suspension bridge, play tractor and trailer and timber sculptures.

All through 2022, the playground will probably be additional improved and extra picnic area will probably be launched for households to take pleasure in their home made snacks or espresso and treats from the brand new Sandwell Valley Customer Centre and Forge Mill Farm Espresso Bar.

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Forge Mill Farm Occasions

Forge Mill Farm is already residence to an abundance of sell-out occasions which magnetize tens of 1000’s of holiday makers a yr. Current occasions embrace the Sunflower Competition, Pumpkin Patch Farm, Festive Farm, Festive Bedtime on the Farm, Lambing Dwell Evenings, and Pancake Manufacturing facility Days.

The 2022 schedule of occasions builds on this providing by including new farm and animal welfare occasions going down each within the daytime and the night in addition to the much-loved earlier occasions from final yr. This contains the Shine a Gentle Competition two weeks from July 25 to August 8, celebrating arts, tradition and sports activities from throughout Sandwell as a part of the B2022 Commonwealth Video games. Discover out extra on the Uncover Sandwell web site right here

Sandwell Valley Heritage Tour

A brand new interactive tour is deliberate which can inform the story of Sandwell Valley’s wealthy heritage. Household pleasant and absolutely accessible, the expertise will inform the story for all ages, enabling folks to soak up the sounds, sights and even smells of the realm.

The museum parts of Sandwell Valley are being revitalised all through the Heritage Tour. Look out for a blacksmiths, a walled backyard ‘bothy’, 19 th and 20 th century gardening and farming instruments and gear, and Victorian backyard options.

The tour will open in April and there will probably be particular heritage days all year long, together with stay demonstrations on the blacksmiths and re-enactments of previous farming and gardening practices.

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New self-automated dog washing stations

Extra dog-friendly options are being launched throughout the realm from April, together with self automated dog washing and drying stations and water stations to clean off your muddy pal and defend your automobile and garments.

The Sandwell Valley Customer Centre will probably be accessible to folks with dogs, making it simpler for walkers to have a sit-down breakfast with their furry associates, go to the countryside store, and participate in different actions. Canines may also be allowed into the Courtyard, picnic areas and retailers.

New menu on the Sandwell Valley Tea Rooms

The standard Sandwell Valley Park Tea Rooms is relaunching this April with a brand new menu providing conventional breakfasts, brunches, lunches and afternoon teas and muffins, plus expanded vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free choices. There may also be extra choices for youngsters, household meal offers, and a few thrilling new flavours utilizing regionally sourced and recent produce.

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Forge Mill Farm Schooling

Forge Mill Farm is already residence to Sandwell Faculty Animal Welfare College students, and will probably be increasing its providing from Might 2022 to extra apprentices, work expertise placements, animal welfare and farming college students and volunteers with a view to it changing into the most effective animal welfare and meals schooling facility within the West Midlands throughout the subsequent three years.

The brand new schooling group will work with faculties, schools, and group teams to convey folks in to study forestry schooling, animal welfare, meals manufacturing and wholesome consuming schooling.

New City Bike Monitor

A brand new City Bike Monitor is coming to Sandwell Valley in 2023/4 which can present an expanded community of routes for mountain bikers of all skills. With funding from Sandwell Council, Sport England, and Birmingham Council, the City Bike Monitor enhances the prevailing bike tracks on web site.

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