Poole Farm

Unfortunately due to the Covid 19 situation,  Poole Farm is temporarily closed to all volunteers and visitors.

We are keeping all the animals happy and well fed and if you would like to keep updated with their antics then please follow us on our Poole Farm Facebook or Instagram.

Due to construction work surrounding Poole Farm, please check the Facebook page for the most up to date information on how to get here or email us

Access to Poole Farm is currently through our barn entrance for both pedestrians and vehicles. Visitors should take care when coming on site due to the construction work happening nearby. If you're due to visit us, we recommend parking in the car park directly opposite the barn in Rydal Close, PL6 8TR. Alternatively, please follow diversion signs to get to the farm via the north end of Blunts Lane (access off Davy Road near Derriford Hospital). If you have any questions about getting here, call the duty mobile on 07500 075719.

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Keep up to date news from Poole Farm. Read out latest newsletter here:

 Poole Farm Newsletter May 2020


  • Sheep at Poole Farm
  • Poole Farm Bees
  • Poole Farm Bees
  • Poole Farm Pigs
  • Poole Farm Chickens
  • Poole Farm Pumpkins
  • Poole Farm Cows

Plymouth City Council are working towards the aims of the Seaton and Lower Bircham Valley Local Nature Reserve (LNR) management plan is proposing to undertake a science-led, re-introduction of a pair of Eurasian Beavers into a fenced trial site in the Lower Bircham Valley starting in 2019. This would be the first beaver population in an urban setting in the UK since beavers became extinct from the British Isles in the 16th Century. In the last decade beaver reintroductions in Scotland and Devon have enabled researchers to conclude that beavers engineer the habitats around them resulting in higher biodiversity, a reduction of peak flows and water quality improvements such as filtering out nitrates and sediments. There is also emerging evidence to suggest that beaver altered landscapes store higher levels of carbon and could therefore help to combat climate change.

Our partners the University of Exeter are conducting a survey to better understand local people's views on the reintroduction.

As part of the reintroduction we are working in partnership with Devon Wildlife Trust, Derek Gow Consultancy, University of Plymouth, University of Exeter, Natural England, The West Country Rivers Trust and the Environment Agency.

We have a number of hives at the farm and also produce and sell our own local honey.

Meeting and classroom spaces available for hire at £60/day or £15/ hour with evening hire at £40. We also have bookable kitchen space and barn. Tea, coffee and projector are also bookable.

Poole Farm offers a range of activities for educational visits, providing the opportunity for children and adults to learn about farm life and the natural environment.


Poole Farm has numerous opportunities for learning outdoors, some activities are better suited to certain times of year, due to natural life cycles in nature and weather. We encourage children to immerse themselves in the outdoors whilst visiting the farm, so a little rain will not cancel your visit, as long as students have appropriate clothing. In addition, our staff will always have activities reserved for truly inclement weather, where the hay barn provides a sheltered space for outdoor learning.

For more information contact Poole Farm

Risk assessments and health and safety

Poole Farm can provide risk assessments for the site, group visits and educational activities upon request. Visiting schools are expected to complete independent risk assessments prior to their visit. All staff at the farm are first aid trained and DBS checked.

Due to construction work surrounding Poole Farm, please check the Facebook page for the most up to date information on how to get here or email us

Great access networks mean that the farm is easily accessible by foot, bus or car. Small coaches are able to access the farm directly and there is an easy drop off point for larger coaches at the farm entrance. Google Maps will take you right to our door – find us at: Poole Farm, Plymbridge Road, Leigham, PL6 8NF.

Wheelchair access: the main farmyard, hay barn and animal care unit are accessible for wheelchair users, including the toilet facilities. The wider access network to the farm fields will be under development in 2019.

The wider farm is accessible on foot to all with a good level of fitness – there are no formal footpaths, meaning some of the access routes involve steep slopes and slippery ground.

As a volunteer there are a broad range of exciting activities to get involved in: from animal care, to coppicing, species surveying or beekeeping.

Come and get involved with Plymouth’s new community park! Volunteer at Poole Farm every Tuesday from 10:30 to 3pm. Email Derrifordcp@plymouth.gov.uk or call 07500 075719 to register your interest.







We host a mixture events for families, children and adults – ranging from family volunteering to forest school and wildlife identification courses. An up to date list of our events can be found on the Facebook page.

  • Delivered £85k of biodiversity improvements to the park.
  • Delivered 60 practical volunteer sessions resulting in 1931 hours and £5,710 value to the project.
  • Delivered 10 school visits engaging 266 children.
  • 7 community events engaging 133 people inn natural environment activities.
  • Delivered 7 volunteer training days to 31 participants to develop skills and knowledge in habitat management, project leadership and habitat monitoring.
  • Winners of Best Green Project in 2017 Abercrombie Awards for the orchard.
  • Poole Farm volunteer team nominated for Best Volunteer Team in Plymouth Volunteer Awards 2017 and 2018.
  • Invested £27k of Section 106 funding to refurbish the Old Dairy to deliver formally accredited training in partnership with Duchy College and local secondary schools.
  • Successfully secured £4,800 Plymotion Workplace Grant funding.

About the Farm

Plymouth City Council are working with partners to create the city’s newest park, Derriford Community Park. This site, rich in wildlife will have Poole Farm at its heart, alongside a new visitor and education centre.

Since 2015 volunteers have contributed over 8000 hours working from Poole Farm, planting over 1600 meters of hedgerow, the city’s largest orchard and wild flower meadow, as well as establishing an apprenticeship scheme and habitat surveying. In 2018 part of the site was designated as a Local Nature Reserve - Seaton & Lower Bircham Local Nature Reserve. There are also exciting proposals to release a pair of beavers.

The farm will be a major part of the Community Park, scheduled for completion in 2021, which will provide a foot and cycle path network and new access points for local communities.

Poole Farm is a local nature partnership site that involves people in volunteering, learning and enterprise as part of the Derriford Community Park project. The farm, close to Estover and Crownhill, offers a welcoming countryside feel for all ages and experiences.

Poole Farm is currently only open for specific events, arranged visits and private bookings please contact us for further information or phone 07500 075719.


To sign up for notifications of events and the farm quarterly e-newsletter, and for all queries relating directly to Poole Farm please email derrifordcp@plymouth.gov.uk or phone 07500 075719.

To find out more information about what is happening at Poole Farm, visit our Facebook page @poolefarmproject.

For all enquiries regarding planning and the Forder Valley Link Road development please email transportprojects@plymouth.gov.uk or call 01752 668000.