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Spring at Green Farm - Birdsong, banana bread and building up to re-opening

Spring is such an exciting time of year at Green Farm and May is one of our favourite months. As well as watching the flowers and trees around us bloom and the lambs behaving giddily in the fields, we get to enjoy the rare treat of listening to the nightingales sing.

Usually, some of you are with us for this twilight spectacular. This year it wasn't to be, but as you will discover if you read on, you haven't missed out on the experience entirely.

We are awaiting the green light from the government to re-open and are getting ourselves ready to welcome you back to Green Farm. Your wellbeing is our absolute priority so we will take things steadily to ensure we can keep you safe.

Finally, we have another recipe for you. The whole of the internet has been making banana bread and we have got in on the act too. As you will see, there will be more opportunities to sample our home-made treats very soon. View the recipe

Nightingales, the sound of spring
Each spring, a few thousand nightingales fly to the UK from Africa and take up temporary residence at a handful of locations in the south of England. We are incredibly lucky that the area around Green Farm offers ideal conditions for these birds.

This year the coronavirus pandemic meant we were unable to invite you to Green Farm to listen to nightingales in the woodland, as we might normally. However, we couldn’t keep this remarkable experience to ourselves so we made a recording to share with you.

As you listen to their remarkable song, picture yourself sat by the campfire with us, a blanket around your shoulders. This time next year...

Coffee morning in the community garden
Some of you who called in to collect your orders from the Community Garden may have sampled an extra treat this month. We held our first weekly coffee morning on 21 May and served some delicious cakes, including banana bread made with fruit kindly donated by Harwoods of London. Thanks also to Plurenden Manor Farm for the donation of milk.

The coffee morning was a trial run. We're thinking of creating a pop-up coffee stall as a way to introduce more people to the Community Garden, which is part of our charity, the Pearce Coggan Foundation. Feedback was positive and the cakes proved popular; we have shared our banana bread recipe with you so you can try it for yourself.

Don't forget, a list of produce available from the community garden is posted on Facebook every Monday evening. You have until Wednesday night to place your order and it's ready for collection between 10am and midday on Thursday, having been freshly picked that morning. Have a coffee and cake when you come or just come for coffee, cake and a socially distanced outside chat.

Re-opening the spa at Green Farm
Since the outbreak of coronavirus, we have followed government and public health advice very closely. We closed all of our facilities in March and have been waiting for news of when we might be able to re-open.

Current government guidance suggests that venues such as ours may be able to open again in July. No firm date has been set and as yet industry guidelines haven't been issued, but we have already taken steps to ensure we are ready to open as and when we get the green light.

Kirsty has passed several training courses related to Covid-19 and we have put in place social distancing measures and a revised cleaning and hygiene routine. Our main priority is your safety and wellbeing so we are planning to initially limit the number of appointments we offer and monitor this over the coming weeks.

We will share updates on our re-opening as soon as we have certainty around the date but you can be assured you're in safe hands with us.