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Children enjoy the sunshine and meet Wellgate Farm’s longest living resident

PUBLISHED: 10:00 20 August 2016

Children enjoying an open day at Wellgate Farm. Children pose with Dingle together with farming instructor Donna Dyer

Children enjoying an open day at Wellgate Farm. Children pose with Dingle together with farming instructor Donna Dyer

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Youngsters from across the borough got the chance to be up close with farm animals this week.

Children enjoying an open day at Wellgate Farm. George Styles-Hendrie 4 milks a goatChildren enjoying an open day at Wellgate Farm. George Styles-Hendrie 4 milks a goat

As part of Wellgate Farm’s open day, staff put on farming workshops to teach children about the animals and the work that goes on there every day.

The farm in Collier Row Road, Collier Row, was set up in 1982 by volunteers and the 1.5 acre site is home to ponies, pigs, cows, goats, sheep, chickens, turkeys, rabbits and guinea pigs.

On Tuesday, children enjoyed the sunshine and met the farm’s Shetland pony Dingle, the longest living resident at Wellgate.

Dingle has been at the farm for more than 30 years and before being retired was used for pony rides and educational visits at lots of primary schools across the borough.

Children enjoying an open day at Wellgate Farm. Chloe Bartlett 7Children enjoying an open day at Wellgate Farm. Chloe Bartlett 7

Unfortunately, the Shetland pony has become unwell and has developed a possible neurological problem.

The farm is now keen to raise money for the pony’s medication which will help Dingle lead a happy and healthy life for the foreseeable future.

Staff will be running a fundraising day on September 3 for Dingle.

Wellgate Farm is open ever day from 9am-3.30pm and from 9am-noon on bank holidays.

Entrance is free but donations are gratefully accepted by the farm.

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