An­i­mal magic for school as it looks to grow crea­ture va­ri­ety

Gloucestershire Echo - - NEWS -


IF you look back on your school days, you’ll prob­a­bly re­mem­ber a class ham­ster, tor­toise or guinea pig.

But one school is look­ing to ex­pand the type - and num­ber - of an­i­mals it has.

St Ed­ward’s In­fants and Ju­nior School in Charl­ton Kings has sub­mit­ted an ap­pli­ca­tion to Chel­tenham Bor­ough Coun­cil with a wish-list of crea­tures it wants to take on.

The in­de­pen­dent schoo would like:

Two (cas­trated) Bri­tish Kune Kune so­ci­ety mi­cro pigs in a sep­a­rate pad­dock

Four small al­pacas, with up to two al­paca baby cria dur­ing breed­ing sea­son which are then sold on

Up to 12 poultry birds for egg lay­ing

This would add to the an­i­mals al­ready at the school, which are two Golden Guer­ney/pigmy goats (which up to three tem­po­rary kids dur­ing breed­ing sea­son), and mixed-bred poultry.

It says all soil­ing on the pad­dock is removed twice a day by an on-site reg­is­tered farmer, with pest con­trol con­tract in place - which sees weekly vis­its to the school, which has a daily farm club.

The head grounds­man and head­mas­ter will look af­ter the hus­bandry, with wel­fare man­aged by two par­ents who are vets, as well as Dragon Vets, in New Barn Lane.

It adds the “very small” project is seen by fam­i­lies as they drive by and that stan­dards of hy­giene and man­age­ment con­tin­ues to be ex­cel­lent.

There is also help through a rota of vol­un­teers, but even with­out this as­sis­tance, there is enough staff support to keep the project well main­tained.




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