Saturday, 11 July 2015

Tam O'Shanter Urban Farm

Tam O'Shanter Urban Farm  Further exploring on The Wirral Penninsula, after the park where we found a lovely lake, the fascinating marine lake and the picture perfect community gardens. Now we are at the Tom O'Shanter Urban Farm, all free and run by a charitable trust. A great community space that relies on volunteers and is super to pop into whilst in Birkenhead to see the animals and nature areas.
down on the farm All the usual gang - noisy roosters, sheep snoozing in the sun, cheeky goats, pigs and ponies. Bees too! cockerel crowing goat The farm also has a selection of vintage farm machinery to look at. vintage potato ridger And a bit of history carved onto the wall of the cottage by a master stonemason showing the folklore tale of Tam O'Shanter based on the Robert Burns poem. Tam is being chased by a witch over the bridge. Tom O Shanter cottage<a href=
A nature area for bird spotting and looking for butterflies. bird spotting sheet"speckled wood butterfly There is even an archaeological project here on site to learn more about Bidston Hill's occupation in eras gone. The village has pre-medieval origins so it is an exciting project that has unearthed prehistoric flint and pottery from the post English Civil war. black chicken There's a whole host of events listed, the summer fair, free bike checks every Saturday whilst you have a piece of cake, pig racing and the farm is a meeting point for walks in the nearby hills and Victorian Flaybrick cemetery (I'm coming back for the latter!)farm stock There's a small community cafe for a cuppa, a picnic area and play equipment. Old tractors to play on and a life size mooing cow for photos. dove cote The farm needs some support though, relying on donations. How important that we have places like this in urban areas so all ages can go and learn about the animals.With connections with local schools, disabled community groups and anyone that wishes to volunteer, Tam O'Shanter is another hidden gem. working polytunnelThe newest arrivals are two Shetland ponies that I caught the tail end of coming back into the farm from a walk. They replaced the donkeys who have retired to Devon. How cute. In the polytunnels I could see that they have been busy growing vegetables and planting hanging baskets. grey squirrel The piglets born this year all looked very happy.pigs A very pleasant morning was had and I hope to go back in the autumn for it's a lovely place and the area around has lots to explore too. purple flowers piggy

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall 

13 comments:

coombemill said...

What a wonderful sounding place and an asset to the local community. I'm not sure how they manage just on voluntary donations, I know just how much it costs to keep a farm running. that said it looks lovely with some great looking spaces for the animals. I love the idea of the wildlife board, I might have to think about one of those here. Thank you for sharing with me on Country Kids.

Katie Bedlow said...

Looks like a fantastic project to be a part of and a great trip out too! I would want to bring all the animals back with me....particularly those pigs! Katie x

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Claire Toplis said...

Beautiful I know the area well being from Bedfirdshire

Erica Price said...

This looks like a lovely place. Such a great project to have locally.

mygorgboys said...

This place looks just up our street - we love farms. The piglets are especially cute x

JuggleMumBlog said...

My kids used to love places like this - looks a lovely place

Erika said...

I have always enjoyed visiting places like this, it is a lovely afternoon out. I love the pictures you have taken as well, the squirrel is my favourite.

Mellissa Williams said...

What a lovely garden and free to get in too. You can't really go wrong with a day out here

emily harvey said...

Lovely photos. I love taking my girls to places like this, looks lovely xx

Jen Walshaw said...

As I live in the countryside, I think I often forget how important urban farms are for education and children. We never visit farms as my FIL is a dairy farmer (I call him my farmer in law)!

Beautyqueenuk said...

Oh wow, I miss greenery and nature... the photo of the squirrel is amazing x

Joanne Dewberry said...

Aww what a fab place! A great mix of farm, fun and history! I love stone carving.

Sarah Bailey said...

Oh wow what an absolutely fantastic looking place! Love the squirrel picture.

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