The UK Government has now removed domestic restrictions in England and adopted a plan for living with COVID-19. The guidance consists of steps we can all take to reduce the risk of catching and spreading the virus. This includes getting vaccinated, having adequate ventilation when meeting indoors, wearing a face covering where appropriate and getting tested. Schools are still finding themselves in challenging times, however, as not all this guidance can be easily applied.

Mosaic adventures at Pierrepont Farm are managed in a COVID-secure way to minimise the risk of transmission and give teachers, parents and carers the confidence they need that health and wellbeing is a priority. We’re taking a number of steps to ensure this is the case.

Cleaning

It has always been important to wash hands after visiting a farmyard and especially after touching the animals, even prior to the pandemic. Hand washing and drying stations and sanitising facilities are available around the farm, and time is factored in for children to be supervised while cleaning their hands to ensure that they are being thorough and comprehensive.

Equipment and frequently touched surfaces are wiped down twice a day to reduce the risk of transmission during the visit and they are cleaned thoroughly at the end of the day.

Ventilation

Most of the time spent on a Mosaic adventure is outside, as a core aim of the programme is to get children out into the fresh air and engaging directly with animals in their habitats. Being outside reduces the risk of catching COVID-19 significantly – and it’s also more fun for children than being cooped up in classroom. Pierrepont Farm has an outdoor shelter by the pond, and a log circle and rustic shelter in the woodland to guarantee a fantastic experience in all weathers.  

In the indoor classroom, which is situated in the modern dairy with the cows right outside the window, an air conditioning unit has been installed which is used to ventilate the room while in use.

Testing

All staff from the Countryside Restoration Trust (CRT) who are delivering the Mosaic education programme will take a lateral flow test at least 24 hours prior to the visit. Schools, Scouts, and other visitors are also asked not to bring any child or supervising adult who presents with symptoms of COVID-19, which includes a fever, continuous cough or a loss of taste or smell, on the day of the visit.

If you have any questions about how we are managing health and safety on site, please email [email protected].