Home Farm ‘taken over’ by city school children

Picture caption: Cllr Jack Dunn with youngsters who took part in the takeover day at Home Farm.

A popular Leeds farm has been ‘taken over’ for a day by youngsters from two primary schools in the city.

Pupils from Rawdon St Peter’s C of E Primary and Bramley St Peter’s C of E Primary were given the chance to take on a number of different roles at Home Farm, which located on the historic Temple Newsam estate, is home to over 400 sheep, cattle, pigs, poultry and goats.

As part of the day which formed part of Leeds City Council’s takeover month, the children worked as secretaries in the farm’s busy office, assisted the gardening team in replacing summer bedding plants, and as Education Visitor Assistants (E.V.A’s), learned how to get to grips with some of the smaller animals.

There was also an opportunity for the youngsters, who were all provided with a well-earned certificate by Leeds City Council’s Parks and Countryside team, to get a guided tour and put forward their ideas for the future use of one of the farm’s recently restored buildings.

Councillor Jack Dunn, Leeds City Council’s lead member for cleaner, safer and stronger communities said:

"We were delighted to welcome youngsters from two of our city’s primary schools to Home Farm as part of the council’s children takeover month.

"It was fantastic to see them get stuck in and excel in a number of different roles at the farm, and we look forward to welcoming more schools to our sites in the future as part of takeover month."

Notes to editors:

Temple Newsam is a great place to take the family for half term with something for everyone including plenty of open space to explore, play and picnic. The Stable Courtyard Tea Room is open daily serving light meals and snacks, while Mrs Pawson’s Shop also in the stable courtyard is a great place to buy Yorkshire produce.

Home Farm offers the opportunity to explore life on a real working farm and meet some extraordinary characters. Over 400 sheep, cattle, pigs, poultry and goats are at Temple Newsam, and there is also the chance to enjoy traditional crafts or take part in demonstrations such as butter making and blacksmithing!

Winter opening hours (Tuesday – Sunday - The House: 10.30 - 16:00, The Farm: 10:00 - 16:00, Tea Rooms: 10.30 - 16:00.

For media enquiries, please contact;

Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578

Email: colin.dickinson@leeds.gov.uk