Popular Notts visitor attraction fighting to avoid permanent closure
The coronavirus lockdown is hitting most businesses hard, however some are facing an uncertain future due to their huge running costs.
White Post Farm is hugely popular with families throughout the year, but they are struggling to stay afloat since lockdown forced them to close last month.
Due to not quite meeting criteria for current government funding help, they are relying heavily on donations to stay in business during these uncertain times.
With hundreds of animals on site they have a £5,000 per month feed bill, plus staffing and care costs, and are usually reliant on a busy Easter holiday to boost funds.
Anthony Moore is marketing manager for the farm and helps run the operations of the site.
He spoke to us about his concerns: “We are trying to stay positive, but the farm costs a lot to run every month, and without visitor admissions, we can’t guarantee that we will be able to survive.
“We refuse to lower our standard of care, so we need to find the money to keep looking after them each month.
“We have had to furlough staff, but of course we need to keep the place running, so we’re trying to raise as much money as we can from donations and sponsorship.”
The farm has hundreds of animals on it’s 25 acre site, and has seen the birth of 60 lambs just in the past few weeks, so costs are on the rise.
With no clear indication of when lockdown might be lifted, staff are worrying about the future.
They are continuing to keep in touch with their fans with videos and activities on their facebook page, and have already raised just over £10,000 on their GoFundMe page but, although this guarantees their food and vet care bills for a few more weeks, they are still appealing to the public to keep the animals safe in the long term.
Their GoFundMe page can be found here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/Help-to-Feed-the-Animals-at-White-Post-Farm?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link-tip&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet
They are also offering animal sponsorship, which gives sponsors free tickets for when the farm reopens, alongside a host of VIP benefits and, with bronze, silver and gold tiers, the animals available range from tarantulas to reindeer.
For more information, see their website: https://www.whitepostfarm.co.uk/animal-sponsorship/