Farm visits Upminster school

PUBLISHED: 15:25 07 June 2015

The pupils of the James Oglethorpe Primary School in Upminster petting Dingle the pony from Wellgate Farm

The pupils of the James Oglethorpe Primary School in Upminster petting Dingle the pony from Wellgate Farm


Children were excited when a bunch of furry and feathery friends visited their school.

The animals of Wellgate Community Farm were invited into the fields of The James Oglethorpe Primary School, Ashvale Gardens, Upminster, to help the pupils embrace their topic – “from tiny acorns to mighty oaks”.

There was a lot of excitement as the children stroked Dingle the pony, fed Paige the goat, tickled Hattie the sheep and cuddled the lovely fluffy chicks and ducklings.

Sandra Elsom, the class teacher in Years 1 and 2, said: “The children had a fantastic day and the animals were thoroughly spoilt throughout the day by all the attention they received from the foundation and key stage one pupils.

“Everyone went home happy and full of the joys of spring.”

Wellgate Farm is based on a one and a half acre site off Collier Row Road in Romford near the City Pavilion.

The former wasteland, overgrown with hawthorn bushes, has been looked after and developed over time to become the community hub it is today.

It was set up over 30 years ago by volunteers as a project which would encourage participation in the farm’s activities from local groups such as schools, charities and housing estates.

The farm offers people across east London an invaluable opportunity they may not be able to get elsewhere in a city.

They can experience a fully working farm and its animals which include ponies, cows, goats, sheep, pigs, rabbits, guinea pigs, ducks, geese and turkeys.

Wellgate often holds open days including, most recently, a fun-filled activity at the weekend which was open to everyone.

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