Families flock to farms lambing weekend

1:00pm Sunday 23rd March 2014

By Bruce Thain

Families from across the borough and beyond enjoyed the first day of a farm’s annual lambing weekend.

Hundreds of people visited Forty Hall Farm, on the Forty Hall estate, yesterday for the first day of its Lambing Open Weekend.

People were able to walk round the site to see and feed animals, enjoy a Shire horse display, watch a sheep shearing demonstration and sample foods produced in and around Enfield.

Clare Merrifield, of Gordon Hill, Enfield, who was visiting with her family said: “We’ve been here before and it is always nice to come for the kids to come and see the animals.

“Having a farm so close to you in London is one of the reasons why we love living in Enfield.

“Usually when you come to visit you don’t see the whole of the site so its nice to see the whole place and all the work being done here.”

Helen Gilgrist, who was visiting with her daughter and her sister from Edmonton, said: “It has been a really nice day and we’ve had great fun.

“To have something like this on your doorstep is fantastic and the kids love seeing the animals.”

The farm is run by Capel Manor College, and is the only further education college in London specialising in learning about the environment.

Farm manager Kate McGlevor said: “We’ve had a really good turn out and it’s good to see so many families here.

“Last year we had to deal with snow but this year we’ve been blessed with some nice weather.”

Farmer Paul Granger said: “The day is all about letting the public see what we do and the work of the farm students who have been studying here.

“It has been quite busy in the build with a lot of lambs being born but we have had a really good turnout for the day.”

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