When it SNOWED at Farmer Palmer’s March 2018
The ‘Beast from the East’ had the UK gripped tightly in it’s icy claws at the beginning of March in 2018. The snow hit Dorset on Thursday 1st with full force and we managed to keep the park open for a while. But at 3pm we had to close the doors, it was getting heavier by the hour!
For the FIRST TIME in 20 years . . .
On Thursday evening, Sandra and Phillip Palmer (co-directors) made the difficult decision to close the farm park the following day. They posted on Social Media “We do not expect you [customers], or our team members, to make the icy drive to Organford.
#Poole. Enjoy your time with your families in the warm. Take care out there.” This was a very weighty decision because the attraction has NEVER been closed due to weather in the whole 20 years it’s been running! Following the snow that fell on Friday, Sandra and Phillip decided to stay closed on Saturday too. The ice which formed on top of the snow overnight had turned a lot of the park into an ice rink!
How we coped when it snowed
The Palmer family, helped by Robbie (Maintenance Supervisor) and Luke (Animal Barn Supervisor) who luckily live near by, all ‘mucked in’ to get through the days of closure. Sandra Palmer jumped into administration action! She contacted all the party parents who were due to have their little one’s parties over the weekend. Social media was extremely useful in keeping customers up to date with what was happening. Phillip, Luke and Robbie worked tirelessly to take care of all the animals. Including topping up their water from a tanker because all the mains water pipes were frozen! We’re so proud of everyone for their incredible efforts!
Although we were closed, our customers still had Farmer Palmer fun!
We took to Social Media to encourage some FP fun at home! A Colouring Activity and Spot the Difference download were posted to the Facebook page. Followed by two competitions and an album of all the snow photos we’d taken! Here are some of the photos from the album. It’s true that the snow caused havoc for so many. But the way Mother Nature covered everything with her white blankets and icy decorations was truly enchanting!