Buckminster School farm re-opened at fete after revamp by the community

Buckminster School farm PHOTO: Supplied
Buckminster School farm PHOTO: Supplied

A productive school farm has been re-opened for use by schoolchildren at an annual village summer fete.

Buckminster Primary School’s PTFA organised the event on Saturday, June 10, which included a dog show, tug of war, beat the goalie competition, a display of Peterborough Audi’s cars, a bar, barbecue, raffle and lots of great games and stalls.

Pupils cut the ribbon to re-open Buckminster School farm garden PHOTO: Supplied

Pupils cut the ribbon to re-open Buckminster School farm garden PHOTO: Supplied

Two lucky pupils from the school were given the prestigious job of cutting the ribbon to officially declare the facility’s restoration complete.

The farm refurbishment happened at the beginning of June and was payed for by generous donations from local DIY stores, garden centres and the PTFA, who raised £400 from a bingo night.

Lucy Wallace, chair of the PTFA, said: “After a few bad winters, the farm became tired and was in desperate need of repair. With the help of donations from local businesses and the community, the overhaul took place.”

The work, completed by teachers, friends and parents of the school included clearing the area, painting and building equipment.

A new rabbit house, tunnels and a study area for the children to learn how to care for animals was built and a guinea pig house, duck house, quail house and brand-new goat enclosure have been introduced.

Lucy added: “The farm has been a huge part of the school for over 10 years and the pupils have daily access to it to develop learning.

“As part of the enrichment of the school and pupils, children are being taught how to look after the animals and also how growing their own vegetables and herbs can benefit the school community.

“We’ve introduced a broad selection of new animals, some of which are rescue rehomed animals. There’s also now a full vegetable patch and herb garden with the aim to grow and sell seasonal produce.”