D-Day for care farm in Friskney

A care farm in Friskney will today find out if they have enough votes for People’s Project funding to create The Toolshed - a place to learn, a place to practice old skills and above all a place for anyone and everyone to be creative.

The Askefield Project held its Lambing Open Day on Saturday and, as well as cuddling lots of newborn lambs, families were able to meet the other animals and explore what is on offer at the facility.

Noah Blevins at the Lambing Open Day at the Askefield Project in Friskney.

Noah Blevins at the Lambing Open Day at the Askefield Project in Friskney.

Chris and Hannah Blevins, along with their three sons, have spent the last two years creating a unique environment on their small farm in Friskney, in which to help people with autism, dementia, depression and PTSD as well as other mental health issues.

Their vision is to create a vibrant hub for the whole community to experience their world of animals, activities, wildlife, the outdoors and the satisfaction of being part of creating something lasting. The staff at The Askefield Project include Boris the donkey, Rory the pony, a flock of Kerry Hill sheep, goats, chickens, ducks, Wally the goose and ferrets.

Commenting on the open day, Hannah said: “We were delighted at how well the Lambing Day went as we had over 270 visitors through the gate.

“Although there were no lambs born during the day, there was plenty to see and everyone who wanted to cuddle a lamb did, even some adults who had never had the opportunity before.

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Freddie Carman age 9 and Goergie Carman age 5 ANL-190415-092122001

“There was plenty to do and the welly hunt kept both children and adults on their toes, as well as the refreshments which were, as always, very popular.

“We would like to thank everyone who came and, of course, our volunteers. Without their help, the event would not have been such a success

“All the money raised will go towards the day to day running costs of the Project to ensure we can continue the work we are doing now.”

The next event will be a Wool Weekend on June 1-1, There will be a live shearing demonstration as well as plenty of wool related activities, and of course , more cake.

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