Spring visit from local farm
Local farmer, Liam Moore, visited the Rainbows and Rattles toddler group again this week along with his menagerie of animals.
He bought along some three week old spring lambs, calves, ducks, chickens and some five week old piglets. One of the more popular attractions was a pair of two week old King Charles spaniel puppies. The children and animals enjoyed the sunshine in the Trinity Community Centre garden
Liam, who farms at Stoke Mandeville, started the ‘Creature Curriculum mini farm’ three years ago when his grown up children brought their friends home who commented on how they loved coming to the farm whilst growing up to see the animals. Liam realised how the animals had affected their growing years and decided to take the farm to the children. Over the last three years the business has gone from strength to strength and as well as school visits, Liam will entertain at birthday parties. He gains the children’s interest by telling them fascinating facts about the animals and encouraging them to feed and interact with them, thereby encouraging them to experience first hand the principles of farming.
Liam said: “This is my third year and it is going really well, we went to the Ice Cream Festival at Kings Cross which was very busy and did five days at Southbank where we had over 1000 visitors a day. I leave the more intensive farming to my son nowadays as I enjoy this educational side.”
Roz Allen, Rainbows and Rattles group leader, said: “People have been so enthused about the visit that when we were deciding what to do this year they all asked for the farm to come back. We have been learning about Spring this month in the nursery so this is perfect, the children seeing spring lambs, new born pigs and puppies first hand, and being able to bottle feed the newest ones.”
Alison Chapman, whose daughter Beatrix was enjoying cuddling the puppies, said: “This is a lovely way to usher in Spring, the children are enjoying it and learning so much.”
Liam’s visit was partially funded by SSAFA who donated £100 towards it and the SSAFA cheque presentation also took place in the Trinity Community Centre with SSAFA workers, Julie Smith and George Parish handing the donation to Roz Allen.