New animal pads for winter months

STEWART Milne Homes has upgraded six paddocks on the farm adjoining Woodchurch High School in Wirral to make the farm’s animals more comfortable during the winter months.

Hard paved standings were installed in the paddocks earlier in December, benefiting 30 animals including alpacas, pigs, sheep and pygmy goats.

Throughout the wet winter months, the paving will be paramount for the animals’ welfare, reducing the potential risk of foot problems caused by the animals standing in muddy clay-based soil.

These animals are looked after by Woodchurch pupils, 100 of which are studying for a BTEC in animal care, and the 25 registered volunteers who work alongside the pupils on the school farm.

The school also has six classes for children with special needs and the hard paving will allow easier access for those in wheelchairs to give them a first-hand experience of animal care.

Linda Hackett, Teacher and Farm Manager at Woodchurch High School, said: “The adjoining community farm is a unique aspect of Woodchurch High School and investment in the farm ensures that it remains an educational asset to the school and local community.

“As a self-funded farm we are incredibly grateful for this help, allowing us to prioritise the animals’ welfare. The positive effect that the farm and its facilities has on all generations, abilities and backgrounds is priceless.”

Stewart Milne Homes is currently constructing a new Wirral community of 180 family homes at its Upton Pines development near the village of Upton.