Sheep-walk­ing is a hit with young­sters

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Great Outdoors -

Chil­dren tried tak­ing sheep for a walk dur­ing a com­mu­nity farm open day and harvest fes­ti­val.

Staff at Wye Com­mu­nity Farm were on hand on Satur­day to show visi­tors what they do, in­tro­duce them to the an­i­mals and give demon­stra­tions.

The farm is based at the Agri­cul­tural Mu­seum at Brook and has around 120 acres that it grazes on dif­fer­ent patches of land around Wye and Brook.

Pro­ject man­ager Richard Bo­den said the aim of the harvest fes­ti­val had been to raise aware­ness.

“We have been run­ning the farm for seven years but there are still peo­ple who do not know we ex­ist,” he said.

“The day was about mak­ing peo­ple aware of our ac­tiv­i­ties. We had around 400 visi­tors and sev­eral chil­dren signed up for our young farm­ers club which we run on Satur­days.

“One of the high­lights for the chil­dren was walk­ing the sheep with a hal­ter which they loved.”

Other at­trac­tions in­cluded live­stock dis­plays, a bee­keep­ing demon­stra­tion and mu­sic.

The farm was set up fol­low­ing the clo­sure of Wye Col­lege.

It is owned and run by its mem­bers and aims to show peo­ple where their food comes from and how the coun­try­side is man­aged.

The farm pro­duces meat boxes, wood­land prod­ucts such as fire­wood and char­coal, and pre­serves made from home­grown pro­duce.

For more in­for­ma­tion go to www.wyecom­mu­ni­ty­farm.org.uk

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