Health And Safety
As an outdoor facility with a farm, there are a number of possible risks to the health and safety of visitors. It is essential that group leaders are advised of these potential risks so that they may take steps to avoid them.
We have undertaken risk assessments specifically for education visits and activities.
In the event of an emergency, or if first aid is required, please report immediately to a member of staff or return to the Visitor Centre.
Feeding the Animals
- When feeding the animals on the farm make sure children hold their hand flat for the animals to take the feed.
- As a general rule please do not feed the pigs, horses donkeys or rabbits. Look out for this symbol to show you which animals cannot be fed. (Do not feed symbol)
- Wash hands in warm soapy water after your farm visit and before eating.
- Instruct children not to climb on or into any of the animal pens.
- Please refrain from picking up any of the smaller animals as they are easily injured and may bite.
- E coli 157 can be contracted through contact with animal faeces. It is essential that visitors wash their hands thoroughly after visiting the farm and that any open wounds are covered with a waterproof plaster. See the HSE information sheet AIS23 – Avoiding ill health at open farms for more information.
- Although only rarely, taxoplasmosis can be contracted from ewes, their afterbirth or new-born lambs and can cause miscarriage in pregnant women. It is advised that pregnant women should avoid contact with sheep during the lambing season.
- There is a deep pool in the Lily House. Children should be accompanied by an adult at all times in the glasshouses and instructed not to climb or sit on the edges of the pool.
- There are cacti in the Arid House. Please be aware that at times these plants can be very sharp and cause mild irritation of the skin.
Leigh Park Gardens
Please note you may require a staff member with a current Open Leader Award to access this area of the site.
Crossing the Road
- To reach Leigh Park Gardens from the Visitor Centre you will need to cross a busy road.
- We have a lake in Leigh Park Gardens. Teachers are advised to carry a safety throw bag if working close to the lake.
Risk of Disease
- Weils disease can be contracted from the exposure to water contaminated with the urine of rodents. Children should avoid touching their eyes, ears and mouth, wash their hands and cover open wounds with a waterproof plaster if coming into contact with the lake’s edge.
- Lymes disease can be contracted from ticks which can be picked up in wooded or grassy areas, particularly during the warm summer months. The best way to avoid this is to wear long sleeved tops, trousers and sturdy shoes so that ticks cannot reach the skin. Seek advice for the safe removal of a tick and be vigilant of flu-like symptoms following a bite. (Link advice sheet from ‘advice’)
- Download a copy of the Country Code.
- As with the farm machinery may be in operation within Leigh Park Gardens, including tractors, lawn mowers and chainsaws. Please do not enter any restricted areas and ensure your group are supervised at all times.