The Sixth Form Geographers and Economic students visited Farmer Palmers in Poole, this week, to learn about how the dairy farm has been diversified into a successful visitor attraction. Its unique selling point is a farm park for 8-year-olds and under, with both indoor and outdoor play areas, farm animals, woodland trails and a seasonal maize maze.
Co- Director of the park, Sandra Palmer-Snellin, delivered an inspiring and engaging talk about her vision and role in developing the park to the students. She discussed the importance of economic sustainability whilst maintaining economic sustainability for the community and her family, and answered a range of questions to exemplify a local sustainable rural business. Most importantly, she explained how they have adapted to key challenges with COVID restrictions, and more recently, with the cost of living crisis.
Following the talk, the Sixth Formers enjoyed time to explore the attractions and the delicious cakes were a huge success! Grateful thanks to Sandra and her staff for their generosity with their time, inspiration and especially, the guinea pigs! Thanks go to the TH staff who organised and accompanied the visit.