A big thank you from everyone at Fairytale Farm to the Cotswolds Conservation Board. The Fairytale Farm project has received a grant for £5,500 from the Board's Sustainable Development Fund. This has allowed us to complete construction of our sensory trail, which is designed to inspire and educate children with disabilities and their brothers and sisters. We would not have been able to build this facility without this contribution from the Board.
The sensory trail is on an area of land of around half an acre and central to this is a series of features designed to encourage children to think about the environment around them, particularly those with sensory, learning and physical disabilities. The trail features the following items: sensory totems, sensory garden, water play area (where children can pump water and watch it move to different levels), rain wheel, mirror, arbour, willow tunnel and giant musical instruments.
The Cotswolds Conservation Board is the organisation that exists to conserve and enhance the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Established in 2004, the board is the only organisation to look after the AONB as a whole and is a statutory body created as a result of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000.
The main aims of the board are to:
•to conserve and enhance the natural beauty of the AONB
•to increase understanding and enjoyment of the special qualities of the AONB, ensuring that these complement the conservation and enhancement of the area
The sensory trail will be open to the public on a series of special days this summer, then the whole of Fairytale Farm will open to the public at Easter 2013. For more information on the Cotswolds Conservation Board, please click here.
News item added: 24 April 2012