A new community farm designed to engage with primary school pupils in Worcester and improve local green space has swung open its gates for the first time at a special launch event.
The Oasis Academy Warndon Farm, funded by Sanctuary Housing and other local organisations, held an event for pupils and their parents who received a tour and heard what the farm has in store for 2017.
The Oasis Academy Warndon Farm
The farm opens with three alpacas living under its roof, Harper, Horashio and Kardy, but it is hoped more animals will join them in the future if the farm is successful.
Lessons are to be arranged for the pupils to learn more about the animals, care for them and feed them. Parents and families will also be involved in looking after the animals during holidays and weekends, while the farm plans on having closing links with local farms and vets.
“An incredible difference to our school community”
Louise Rowland, project curriculum lead at Oasis Academy Warndon, said: “The great support from Sanctuary Housing has made an incredible difference to our school community. At Oasis Academy Warndon, the children do an innovative, exciting curriculum where pupils lead and make decisions. They wanted to create a community farm so that they could look after animals; they decided on alpacas because they are unique and offer protection to other animals.
“This grant has enabled us to create a safe and nurturing farm infrastructure. The support is thoroughly appreciated by all of us at Oasis Academy.”
“Contribute to them learning more about animals”
Marie-Claire Wattison, Sanctuary’s head of community investment, said: “It is already clear to see the benefits this farm is going to have on the children at Oasis Academy and we are delighted that we’ve been able to contribute to them learning more about animals and how to care for them.
“Community-led projects such as this provide us with the perfect opportunity to help with the development of successful and sustainable communities, particularly in the areas that we’re operating in. We wish Oasis Academy the best of luck and look forward to seeing how the farm develops in the future.”
The Grand Ideas Fund
This project was funded by Sanctuary’s Grand Ideas Fund, which is currently accepting applications from community projects benefiting Sanctuary residents and their communities. To find out more about the fund, please call 01905 335411 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Grand Ideas Fund webpage.