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EVERYONE'S MUCKING IN; Stirley Farm opens its gates for fun-filled family day.

Byline: Joanne Douglas News Reporter joanne.douglas@examiner.co.uk

TRANSFORM YOUR HOME... WITH NEW DOORS IT was a chance for all to truly muck in.

Over 300 visitors tasted farm life at the Stirley Community Farm open day.

Youngsters got the chance to sit on a tractor and plant seeds that will grow.

And the grown-ups weren't left out either, with the chance to meet the Newsome farm's herd of beef shorthorn cattle, dig fruit and vegetables and have a guided tour.

Stirley Farm described it as a great success with over 300 visitors turning up to explore the farm.

Ian Smart, Stirley Community Farm Manager said: "Open Farm Sunday provided us with a great opportunity to inform local people about the work we do here and explain the wildlife-friendly methods of farming that we employ, as well as share more about the wider work of Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.

"One of our main aims on the farm is to help educate those in our local community about food production, as well as farmland wildlife and the ways you can encourage wildlife in your own garden. So having such a tremendous turnout of people interested to find out more about how we operate, as well as find out more about how they can get involved, was really encouraging.

"We had a fantastic day and look forward to similar events in the future." During the day there were several activities and talks including a machinery demonstration, talks about the cattle and farm in general, as well as from Yorkshire Wildlife Trust's wool spinners group, and food growing demonstrations led by local group Growing Newsome.

Children's activities also ran throughout the event, including making a mini wildlife garden in a box and using sheep's wool to make sheep art.

Finally, food was served, with roast beef sandwiches made from Stirley beef as the bestseller.

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Brothers Leo and Isaac Gomersall have fun aboard the farm tractor

Jack (left) and Tom Fishpool with chickens at the farm

Children get involved with the |wool spinning

| Harry and William Gamble with |Ned Fishpool make miniature wild flower gardens

Cattle form a queue to |welcome visitors to the farm

| Emma Taylor and her daughter, |Aisha Shah collect flowers from the meadow

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Date:Jun 9, 2015
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