City Farm Welcomes Pupils Day Out

17th Sep 2012

The sun shone brightly  when the City and Kent Regions of the Lady Taverners  joined forces on Friday 14th September  to host around 50 children at Mudchute farm on the Isle of Dogs.  Mudchute Farm is one of the largest farms in London and allows the children to have hands on experience of farm and country life.

The schools that sent their pupils along were West Lea School in  Edmonton and St Ann’s Special School in Hanwell. The children were able to get up close to a range of farmyard animals and lots of feathered friends! Accompanied by Lady Taverners and volunteers from Natwest/the Royal Bank of Scotland the children toured the farm and were able to get close to llamas, horses and ponies. Denise, the head keeper called the sheep and they almost stampeded towards the children to shrieks from pupils and adults alike! After lunch the children were able to see and hold the smaller animals , guinea pigs, ferrets, rabbits and chickens which was very special , especially to the younger children. A visit from life sized Mickey Mouse and Minnie  Mouse led to a second stampede, of children this time, to hug them and have their photos taken with them. .

The most poignant moment came when it emerged that a boy who had not said a word since joining the school a week before was heard chanting the names of the animals after the keepers. After a presentation of ‘goody bags’ by  David Allen and Sam Robinson  from RBS the schools departed, thanking us all for a very special day.  Lyn Cecil & Carol OvertonMinnie with the children

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