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Tam O’Shanter Urban Farm, Wirral

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We don’t normally wade in on Council cuts here at Mini Travellers. We are about holidays and days out with Mini Travellers.  The fun stuff not the politics.  We also appreciate the context decisions are being made in, and know that sometimes uncomfortable and unpopular decisions need to be made.  However the latest decision from Wirral Council to close the local urban farm, is making us put pen to paper and make some points about the Farm that we think need to be made.

CORRECTION – The Council has not take the decision to close the farm, however they are reducing the rangers to the park within which the Farm sits, meaning the Farm will not open on a Saturday.

At the moment the decision is only to close the farm on a Saturday.  BUT the concern is that once that decision has been made to close it, it makes it easier to make more cuts, until it is closed altogether.  So what is the fight about? What are we trying to protect?

The webpage for the Farm is here http://www.tamoshanterfarm.org.uk/

It doesn’t look like much.  It isn’t even very big. If we are honest there isn’t even that many animals.  As adults we might not think it is up to much.

BUT and this is the big BUT, the little people LOVE IT.  Come rain or shine the farm is full of children running round safely in the great outdoors.

Our 3 here at Mini Travellers are now aged 4 and 3 (twins). Since they were tiny we have bundled them up in the pram and taken them to see the animals.  Later when they could just toddle we let them try out the reins, and now they run freely, with us safe in the knowledge they can’t go too far. Maybe we’ve always gone because it is free, maybe because it is small or maybe it is because it is a safe environment. Whatever it is, we have always visited and we have always gone outside with our children.

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If it looked like rain or snow then you might not head to a big attraction such as the Zoo as you might not think the money is worth spending. You might not want to head to the park if everything will be too wet. You might decide it is easier to play inside. We here at Mini Travellers are not in anyway saying you shouldn’t do that, but what the farm is for us is an easy option. An option to wrap up in waterproofs and head out to feed the chickens, see the pigs, learn about the birth of piglets, learn to love Arnie, and then understand Donkey Heaven. It’s a place with tractors and a playground. It’s a place with a cafe that serves a mug of tea and oversized cakes. It’s a place where they can learn about being safe around animals and express surprise when ducks are brown not yellow! It’s a place for outdoor fun.

When surveys say half of preschoolers don’t play outside every day then a place where outside play is readily available should not be closed.  Please join us here at Mini Travellers by liking this facebook page that has been created to ‘Keep Tam O’Shanters Farm Open‘. Just click on the link.

If you have found this post through #CountryKids then please ‘like’ the facebook page if you can, we would rather this than a comment this week. Thank you for reading and helping us support the farm. Let’s try and keep this Wirral institution open.

 

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17 Comments

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    Mummy to boyz
    20th September 2014 at 8:07 am

    Good luck with keeping the farm open! I’ve liked the page for you too.

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      Mini Travellers
      20th September 2014 at 1:04 pm

      thank you

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    Coombemill
    20th September 2014 at 2:52 pm

    such a lovely facility it would be a shame to see it go. On the other hand looking after the farm and the animals isn’t cheap. Perhaps you could all agree a small fee instead of free to help keep it going?

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      Mini Travellers
      21st September 2014 at 12:41 pm

      I agree something like that us definitely worth doing.

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    Merlinda Little (@pixiedusk)
    21st September 2014 at 8:37 am

    They had me at FREE =)

    What an generous place to let kids experience this without fee! I wish they wont close this, not even a day =( #countrykids

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      Mini Travellers
      21st September 2014 at 12:41 pm

      It’s a fabulous place

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    Karen
    11th October 2014 at 9:34 am

    It sounds like a great place (over-sized cake you say?) and I really hope it manages to stay open.

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      Mini Travellers
      11th October 2014 at 5:40 pm

      oversized!!

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    Jenna
    11th October 2014 at 11:17 am

    I’m so glad to hear that they didn’t close the farm, that would be such a shame. It’s so good for children to be able to visit places like this. Thanks for linking up with us, hope to see you again for next week’s #HappyDaysLinky

    Jenna at Tinyfootsteps xx

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      Mini Travellers
      11th October 2014 at 5:39 pm

      thanks

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    Vickie
    11th October 2014 at 12:13 pm

    It’s funny isn’t how we adults can think something is a bit naff but the kids think it’s brilliant fun. For it to be free fun too is even better. It would be a terrible shame if it were to close, so I hope the campaign works.

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      Mini Travellers
      11th October 2014 at 5:39 pm

      thank you Vickie

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    Katy {What Katy Said}
    11th October 2014 at 1:28 pm

    What a shame!! I will definitely head over to fb and I will share their page on my page too. I love going to the farm! You are so right, doesn’t even need to be the nicest of days- just wrap up warm and enjoy the fresh air!
    Thank you for linking in with #HappyDaysLinky

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      Mini Travellers
      11th October 2014 at 5:39 pm

      thanks Katy, it really is so good for then

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    mummy m's memories
    25th October 2014 at 7:11 am

    Closing it on a Saturday?? Surely that would have been one of the busiest days?? I think these little farms are great, and have liked the page for you. Lets hope they see some sense, and keep it open.

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      Mini Travellers
      25th October 2014 at 7:21 am

      fingers crossed. thanks for doing that!

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    Dean of Little Steps
    25th October 2014 at 9:15 am

    Oh dear, I do hope the farm won’t shut! Farms like these are a good place to take children too for some fun and at the same time learning! Good luck. #countrykids.

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