Entries by Claire Kennerley

Farewell 2020!

2021 has arrived but sadly the uncertainties around Covid 19 haven’t really eased. There are elements of hope – the vaccine and the spring bulbs are appearing in the garden. We have made a plan for 2021 in the hope that we will soon be able to open our doors. Lockdown for the third time […]

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We can’t believe that we are now in the run up to Christmas! The trees are beautiful autumn shades of gold, russet and crimson. Farmer John’s flowers in his cutting patch have come to an end and he is now preparing for gathering fresh evergreen foliage to make Christmas posies and door wreaths, along with […]

It’s a strange world!

February 2020 saw the start of a new term of Mini Farmers after our winter break, little did we know that at this point in time we would be closed again before the end of the first term! Covid-19 has brought about huge changes for everyone, here at Gruff we decided to continue our weekly […]

Happy new year!

They say time flies when you are having fun! Our final term of mini farmers for 2019 began in September, this has to be my favourite term, so much to investigate, explore and gather. We harvested blackberries and apples, gathered conkers and colourful, crunchy autumn leaves. Farmer John harvested his homegrown pumpkins, all sizes, shapes […]

Summer so far…

The past two months at Gruff have been very busy! We have hosted many school visits including our largest of 47 children! We have loved inspiring the next generation of the importance of animals, British farming and the countryside. Don’t forget we can hold school trips throughout the year thanks to the trusty log burner […]

Busy Spring at Gruff

April has certainly been a busy month for us all at Gruff Outdoor Learning! At the start of the month we hosted a nursery trip from a fantastic group of children and their parents and teachers. As well as meeting all our farm animals and enjoying lots of free, imaginative play we read The Three […]

Spring has arrived!

Our first term of 2019 Mini Farmers has come to an end. We have been observing the emergence of spring on our farm, our themes have included hedges, nests, eggs and chicks and this last week we were able to see  baby bantam chicks that had hatched during the week, tiny little bundles of fluff, […]

Recycled Sound Cubes

     Last week we had an amazing three days working with classes form Prestbury CE Primary School. The children practiced their creativity, imagination and CDT skills working in groups to produce a collection of amazing ‘ Recycled sound cubes’ to take back to their school. Farmer John constructed hazel stick cube frames and the children […]

Happy New Year!

Christmas 2018 was a busy, fun, creative one for us all here at Gruff Outdoor Learning. Our visitors to Gruff mini farmers Christmas had fun playing festive themed games and making Christmassy crafts to take home. We visited our animals and wished them a happy Christmas. The log burner made the shed feel cosy and […]

New term and we are feeling Autumnal!

After a fantastic summer with our holiday mini farmer sessions being full of new faces and familiar friends we are back this week for the start of a new 8 week term. We love this Autumnal term! This week we headed out into the field and collected some delicious, juicy blackberries. Back in the Gruff […]