Revamped children’s play area officially opens at Home Farm

Caption: Cllr Mark Dobson with Rochelle Bodey (left) and Madeleine Bodey (right) at Home Farm's refurbished children's play area.

A newly refurbished toddlers’ play area has officially opened at a popular Leeds farm.

Already proving a bit hit with youngsters under the age of eight, the play area, which is located in Home farm’s paddock, has been transformed and extended to provide greater and improved accessibility for the disabled, with a host of new fun equipment including a play tractor, new swings, see-saw, climbing frame and slide. Musical equipment will also be provided, while access to a nearby natural play area where children can explore minibeasts and wildlife, have also been improved.

Funding for the scheme has been provided from Leeds City Council’s Aiming High For Disabled Children capital short break fund, which enables disabled children to enjoy days out with their friends and family.

Home Farm boasts over 400 sheep, pigs, poultry and goats, along with an interesting mixture of recreated workshops and exhibitions, and continues to a bit hit with visitors both young and old.

Councillor Mark Dobson, Leeds City Council’s executive member for the environment said:

"Home Farm is a really lovely place for all the family to visit, and it was fantastic to be at the official opening of our refurbished toddlers’ play area on the site.

"A range of new equipment has been installed including a play tractor, new swings, see saw, climbing frame and slide, and it was fantastic to see so many youngsters already enjoying the play area, which I am sure will be extremely popular for many years to come."

Councillor Judith Blake, Leeds City Council’s executive member for children’s services said:

"Making our play areas more inclusive and accessible for everyone remains a priority as part of our pledge to be a child friendly city, and we were delighted therefore to support the refurbishment and extension programme of the facilities at Home Farm through our Aiming High For Disabled Children fund.

"Home Farm is a much loved visitor attraction in our city, and we look forward to the play area becoming somewhere where all children can have great fun with their families and friends."

Notes to editors:

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!

Explore the cobbled yards to discover an interesting mixture of recreated workshops, exhibitions and rare breed livestock, all in the original buildings, including the historical Great Barn.

Home Farm is open 10am until 4pm (winter hours) Tuesday to Sunday inclusive. Last entry is 45 minutes before closing.

For media enquiries, please contact;

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

Email: colin.dickinson@leeds.gov.uk