Why not come down and celebrate at the park and farm this bank holiday weekend! We are open every day and free to the public (more on planning your visit here). And don’t forget your camera! This weekend we are holding the first ever Mudchute Farm Flickr photo competition! The winning photographer will win a VIP tour of the farm, where you’ll have a chance to ask us all of your questions, meet your farmyard favourites, and have plenty of handling opportunities and photo ops!

Everyone is welcome to take part, whether you’re a professional or just manage to snap a photo on your camera! To enter, just upload your photos from around the farm to our flickr pool by midnight next Wednesday, 6th June Sunday, June 11th*. We’ll contact the winner on Wednesday the 13th to arrange your private VIP farm tour (on any Saturday in June). Good luck and enjoy the long weekend!

* UPDATE! We’ve extended the deadline for the photo competition through half term. Note the new deadline is this Sunday, the 11th of June.

Live in the city but love farming? Want to find out more about food production, animal husbandry or agriculture? Here’s your chance to get involved! We are looking for enthusiastic, hard working volunteers to help out on the farm. Do you have spare time and skills to help support Mudchute?

If you are a mature, responsible individual with abilities working with animals, gardening, carpentry, administration and/or group leading, do get in touch! Help would be greatly appreciated across all areas of the park and farm. Previous experience is not necessary, but you must be able to work in all weather.

Please contact farm manager Nick via email farm@mudchute.org or send us a message via twitter @mudchute.

Taking preventative measures against flystrike.

As the weather warms, there is no end to the jobs around the farm. You may have noticed flies buzzing about and those flies in combination with our recent hot and humid weather can spell trouble for woolly sheep. Fly strike or myiasis occurs when adult flies lay their eggs on the sheep. Within a matter of hours, the eggs hatch into maggots which immediately start doing damage to the host. If left untreated, the maggots will burrow under the skin, leading to infection as well as obvious discomfort and damage (they are in fact eating the poor host!) and in some cases the condition can be fatal.

To protect our sheep, the team have been taking a number preventative measures, including “dagging”, removing soiled wool on the tail and back ends of the sheep, as well as spraying the sheep with a protective medication (shown above). So if you see our sheep wandering the fields with blue stripes, don’t worry, it’s just to help keep the flies off!