About the Farm
History of the Farm
Our founder, Benjamin A Parker MBE, was brought up on a small dairy farm in the Midlands during the 1960's.
Over the last 40 years, Ben has witnessed children becoming increasingly detached from the source of their food, the rural environment and their local communities.
Having spent some time working with social services in the Salisbury area, Ben reflected on his upbringing and felt that creating a working farm may give young people the opportunity to connect with animals and the environment in the way he himself had enjoyed in his youth.
In 2010 Ben opened River Bourne Community Farm as a Community Interest Company.
Ben led an enthusiastic team of local volunteers in clearing what was an appallingly neglected site before development of the farm could commence.
Soon after the site was cleared, volunteers then began to build animal shelters and storage buildings. Slowly the heart of the farm was created.
Today River Bourne Community Farm is a successful education centre employing full and part time teaching staff. It is home to a wide range of farm animals, and is a popular meeting place for the local community.
Hands on experience for volunteers continues to be an important focus of management planning, including helping with the day to day running of the farm, cafe, school visits, and at regular events.
Partner businesses on the farm
Giant Steps Day Nursery
Giant Steps Day Nursery is located in the centre of the farm where children’s learning is enriched by visits to the surrounding barns, animals, tracks and fields where they enjoy the outdoors and the surrounding countryside. It is wonderful to see them all around the farm having fun outdoors.
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Two Wise Owls
Emily and James along with the bird team, arrived during February 2019 with an aim to share their passion for nature and give people a greater understanding and appreciation of birds, and the habitats they live in. Whether it be an experience day, a workshop or a talk they hope to give everyone an up close and personal encounter to remember. We couldn’t be more delighted to have them, and their birds, on the farm!
Bird Experiences & Education