Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Meanwood Valley Urban Farm in Leeds

This weekend we headed into Leeds to visit Meanwood Valley Urban Farm. When I say we I mean just Phil, Barney and I. The big two boys have been away with their grandparents for a few days. We have been meaning to visit Meanwood Valley Urban Farm for absolutely ages but have never gotten around to it until now. Barney is at the age where he loves to see animals and can make animal noises and say a few names.

The twenty four acre working farm is fairly close to Leeds City Centre. It is a registered charity and is a centre for community and environmental work. The Epicentre a large wooden building; holds a reception, shop and various facilities including classrooms and meeting rooms. It fits in with the surroundings due to being made with local larch timber and is a sustainable building.

There are various animals to see including chickens, goats, pigs, donkeys, alpacas and sheep. You can buy bags of animal food at reception, the Ryedale sheep are particularly lovely to feed, they loved being petted and even wagged their tails at us. I could have taken one home!  As well as animals there are gardens to enjoy with pushchair friendly paths. There are birds to spot and even a large bug hotel. Benches are dotted at various points for a sit down or picnic and there is a (very reasonably priced) cafe. For children there is also a play area to enjoy.

At £2 per adult, 50p per child and under 2's being free the farm is such great value. The animal food is also just 50p. We enjoyed our visit to Meanwood Valley Urban Farm and will be heading back in the next couple of weeks with all three boys and a picnic for an afternoon of fresh air.

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