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Romford pictures: Families enjoy fun at the farmyard

PUBLISHED: 11:16 02 June 2015 | UPDATED: 13:47 02 June 2015

Cassie Leeson, 15 with Jessie the cow at Wellgate Farm open day in Collier Row

Cassie Leeson, 15 with Jessie the cow at Wellgate Farm open day in Collier Row

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Families were delighted to spend the day greeting ponies, sheep, cows, ducks and rabbits at a farm's annual open day.

Riley Spruzen, two at Wellgate Farm open day in Collier RowRiley Spruzen, two at Wellgate Farm open day in Collier Row

Wellgate Community Farm in Collier Row Road, Collier Row, opened up its gates and invited hundreds of parents and children to enjoy outdoor activities such as pony riding and meeting the farmyard animals.

John Drane, manager of the Wellgate Community Farm, said: “It was a really good day – the weather was nice, it was busy with people visiting and we made lots of money which was a bonus.”

Children got to see a sheep shearing demonstration, get to grips with falconry and even had the chance to pay to throw wet sponges at their friends and family.

Staff at Wellgate Community Farm also dressed up as farmers through the ages as part of a Heritage Lottery Fund project to help educate children about the history of farming.

A total of £1,500 was raised at the event, which will go towards the running of the community farmyard.

John said: “We hold this day every year to welcome in the summer and thankfully it always seems that people enjoy it and appreciate the effort we go to.”

Wellgate Community Farm will be holding summer activities for those aged from eight to14 throughout the summer holidays.

For more details visit wellgatefarm.org

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