Fears for the future for the popular Portland Fancy’s Family Farm

Fears for the future for the popular Portland Fancy’s Family Farm

Goats by Sheaneen Murphy 2

The cost of living is having a devastating effect on some Portland businesses – with one announcing its closure and another appealing for help to keep going.
Fancy’s Family Farm has long appealed for donations to keep open – there’s no entry fee, but there’s a large tin pig for donations and they make a little money from the café and selling meat. Winters are always hand to mouth.
But 2023 prices could spell the end for the lovely little attraction.

Sheep by Sheaneen Murphy
The community farm is the home to the only flock of rare breed Portland Sheep on the island. They also have wallabies, goats, ducks, chickens, geese, pigs, donkeys, rare breed horses, goats, Archie and Mavis the goats and many more cuddly animals.

Goats by Sheaneen Murphy
The community interest company (CIC) also has a large soft play room, and a cafe serving hot and cold refreshments.
But director Su Illsley says this year may be its last.
She said: “We have enough in the bank to pay our latest feed bill and February’s utilities but beyond that, who knows!”
The site is mostly SSSI land with many rare plants and animals including peregrine falcons, ravens, lizards, slow worms and adders. From May to July the farm is carpeted with beautiful pyramidal orchids and early gentian flowers.

Pigs by Sheaneen Murphy
Su said: “All of our input prices have almost doubled, and whilst people are still visiting they’re being really careful with money due to cost of living.
“Every winter is difficult but this year is just something else! I can’t see a good ending as it’s only going to get worse and we can’t keep begging Facebook followers for money every month. And we cannot afford to keep putting our own monies in knowing that we’ll never get it back.
“Sad to say but we are one of thousands of small enterprises that’ll eventually succumb to the current financial hell that we’re all experiencing.”
To donate to the farm go to fancysfarm.co.uk or pop up and put some pounds in the pig.
Donations can also be posted to Fancy’s Farm, Glacis, Portland DT5 1EQ. The farm is open 10.30am-4pm seven days a week.

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