Spring has sprung as newborn frolick at Leeds attraction

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FAMILIIES are flocking to a popular Leeds visitor attraction and have been delighted to see newborn lambs, chicks and piglets.

Temple Newsam’s Home Farm has a host of new additions to its members - including more than 100 new spring lambs, many of whom are now frolicking around the fields.

Emelia Towers, four, with a week old lamb at Home Farm, Temple Newsam. PIC: Tony Johnson

Emelia Towers, four, with a week old lamb at Home Farm, Temple Newsam. PIC: Tony Johnson

Little Emelia Towers, aged four, was just one of many youngsters who visited the farm with her family over the Easter holidays, to see her grandfather who is farm manager Dave Bradley.

Mr Bradley, who lives on site, said: “Spring has certainly sprung. It is our busiest time of year as lots of animals are born. We have had 74 sheep who have finished lambing with a few more to come. Many of them have been twins so we have seen well over one hundreds lambs.

“The cows are now calving with around 80 more to come out. We have to be there to assist the animals in case they get stuck but this year it has been straightforward so far.

“There are also goats and piglets, today we had a new litter of ten saddleback pigs arrive.

“Visitors are welcome to see the births if they are here, and it has been very busy with the warmer weather.”

Anyone on the farm or estate will be able to see scores of calves roaming the fields, near to Temple Newsam in the coming weeks.

Temple Newsam is one of the most celebrated historic houses in the country. The Tudor-Jacobean mansion has more than 40 restored rooms open to view.

It is steeped in a rich history from its royal links to the lives of the ordinary people who lived and worked on the estate.

Councillor Mark Dobson, Leeds City Council’s executive member for environment and parks, said: “Home Farm is always one of our most popular attractions over the Easter break and I’m sure this week will be no exception. Not only does a visit give young people the chance to see a real, working farm in action, it’s also the perfect opportunity for families to welcome some of our new spring arrivals into the world.”

Home Farm factfile

Home Farm offers the opportunity to explore life on a real working farm and meet some extraordinary characters. Over 400 sheep, cattle, pigs, poultry and goats are at Temple Newsam, and there is also the chance to enjoy traditional crafts or take part in demonstrations such as butter making and blacksmithing.

Explore the cobbled yards to discover an interesting mixture of recreated workshops, exhibitions and rare breed livestock, all in the original buildings, including the historical Great Barn.

Summer opening hours are Tuesday–Sunday, 10am-5pm

Last entry is 45 minutes before closing.

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