Farm visitor attractions - are you ready to reopen?

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With half term approaching, and as progress is made on the journey out of lockdown, farms that operate visitor attractions are getting ready to welcome the public back.

There is a need to make sure that all visitor attractions are COVID-19 secure, to help maintain progress on the roadmap out of lockdown.

In addition to managing the risk of COVID-19, farms running an attraction need to make sure that all usual health and safety steps are taken to ensure that visits take place safely, including measures to prevent ill health.

All animals naturally carry a range of microorganisms, some of which can be transmitted to humans and may cause ill health. The microorganisms can be particularly severe in young children. You must take action to manage these risks.

New industry code of practice

To help control the risk of ill health at farm visitor attractions, the NFU and partner stakeholders have revised an industry code of practice. The guidance contains sensible and proportionate advice on infection control, such as having an appropriate layout and hand washing facilities.

More information about hosting and arranging farm visits for school children can be found on the Linking Environment and Farming (LEAF) website education pages.

Training and accreditation

If you are looking for training and accreditation for your farm, you should investigate the training for farmers pages on the LEAF website.

The Countryside Educational Visits Accreditation Scheme (CEVAS) is a training scheme for farmers that consists of two parts:

  • the accreditation of the staff involved in the visit and
  • the accreditation of the premises being suitable to host school visits.

Upon successfully completing the training, you will receive a qualification from the Open College Network. The Access to Farms Partnership will issue a logo and certificate of achievement to use for promotional purposes. Further details of the scheme, including a calendar of course can be found at CEVAS Farmer Training on visitmyfarm.org