Youngsters discover the joys of spring at West Yeo farm

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By tinap | Friday, April 05, 2013, 10:45

Snow may have been in the air, but the children from Oakmoor Children's Centre in Witheridge , near Tiverton, definitely had a spring in their step when they toured  West Yeo farm this week.

Accompanied by parents, carers and centre staff, 33 youngsters, including babies and toddlers, were taken on a voyage of discovery by farmers Kate and Robert Palmer who have run the organic farm since 2000. The visit included tadpole hunting, meeting the farm's animal residents and feeding the new born lambs. 

The trip was rounded off with an Easter Egg Hunt with a difference. The children searched for different types of eggs including a guinea fowl and a goose egg, which was mistaken for a dinosaur egg by one intrepid hunter, as well as the more familiar chocolate variety. Then it was off to the farmhouse for some well-earned homemade cakes and biscuits. 

Sophie Barrett, early years worker at the Centre, said, "We try to organise days out like this as it brings people together. We're based in Witheridge, but cover a wide area so trips like these offer a chance for children in outlying areas to get together and play, but also it's an opportunity for the parents and carers to meet and socialise with each other. The children have loved it here. Even though they live in a rural area some of them may never have been to a farm before."

Kate Palmer said, "The best thing about inviting children on to the farm is it gives them the freedom to just roam and explore. Even though they live in a rural area, many children these days don't spend that much time outdoors, but they can come here and run across the fields and get muddy in a safe environment."

And judging by the smiles on the faces of the children and the adults, nothing quite beats the outdoors, despite the weather.

Former secondary school teacher Kate and Robert run educational tours of West Yeo farm for all ages. They are passionate about conservation and education.The couple also run courses on all areas of organic farming. For more information and to arrange a tour or to book a course contact: info@westyeofarm.co.uk

      

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