Springwatch comes to Green Dragon
BBC Springwatch Unsprung presenter Lindsey Chapman visited us last week to add her support to our #Crowdfunding4Wildlife campaign.
It was a fantastic visit, where she endorsed our plans to build a Wildlife Reserve that will teach conservation and give children outdoor learning experiences; she was very impressed with our target to reach 250,000 children by 2023.
She met local school children and took part in an outdoor learning animal interaction with harvest mice, hedgehogs and barn owls, as well as visiting the 3-acres site where the Reserve will be built.
She then took part in a Facebook Live video, chatting to our General Manager Jay and our Animal Supervisor Adam about our #Crowdfunding4Wildlife campaign and meeting one of our beautiful young barn owls Ron.
Lindsey said: ‘For me, conservation is not just about protecting, it’s about educating and pushing for a better future. I’m delighted to support the Green Dragon Eco Farm as they embark on this exciting new project; championing British wildlife, establishing an ethos of sustainability and responsibility and tangibly engaging the next generation of nature lovers. It’s projects like this that make all the difference.”
Buckingham MP John Bercow encounters our bearded dragon!
The Rt Hon John Bercow was fascinated by the Green Dragon exotic pets and the business as a whole, supporting the new wildlife reserve coming in 2018.
We were delighted to have John Bercow visit us recently on a bright, wintry day. He was given a tour of the site, starting with the Eco Centre with its renewable tecnologies and the Walled Garden, where we discussed this year’s improvements such as the improved signage and accessibility.
In the Play Barn, John was interested in the birthday party business stream and how many we host on a busy weekend and also how the barn was insulated and heated – biomass with wood sourced locally or from the site.
Down on the farm, John fed the Oxfordshire Sandy & Black piglets and discussed why rare breeds are rare and the costs of rearing rare breed animals for meat and the time taken for the animals to mature for fuller flavour.
At Pet’s Corner John was introduced to our barn owls, that will form the beginnings of the new Wildlife Zone. He was fascinated by the exotic pets and, after a little hesitation, enjoyed an encounter with the bearded dragon. John then walked through the Pygmy Goat Walk-Through – a new addition for this year enabling visitors to get closer to the animals.
John was impressed by the diversity of the business particularly the next step in the development of the business – to create the new wildlife reserve for 2018 – and wished us every success with the #Crowdfunding4Wildlife campaign. He said:
I am delighted to support The Green Dragon Eco Farm’s project to build a Wildlife Reserve, championing conservation of British and European species and their natural habitats. Combining this with outdoor education opportunities to inspire future generations of nature lovers is admirable, and I urge you to support their #Crowdfunding4Wildlife campaign, as I am.
John was interested in our Outdoor Learning Programme for schools and was delighted to hear that we have already doubled our school visit numbers in a year.
The visit came to an end with a visit to Farmer Christmas Land, where John was shown around the Christmas visitor offer and described the whole effect as “magical”. We look forward to him visiting next year when the Wildlife Zone is up and running.