Prime Minister David Cameron officially opens Fairytale Farm
Fairytale Farm was opened by the Prime Minister, the Rt Hon David Cameron MP, on 21 June 2013.
Park owners, husband and wife Nick and Nicola Laister, who funded the £1m attraction almost entirely themselves with the help of a group of volunteers, personally welcomed Mr Cameron to the site before introducing him to the people who had helped them realise the vision.
Mr Cameron was then given a tour of the site, where he met Olivia (Nick and Nicola Laister's 15-year-old daughter who suffers from cerebral palsy), who was the inspiration behind the attraction. Olivia was accompanied by her classmates from Frank Wise Special School in Banbury, who tried out the adventure play equipment, including a specially built wheelchair swing.
Mr Cameron described Fairytale Farm as "inspirational" and said:
"This project brings together three really important things. Firstly, we need more businesses in our country. We need more small businesses and we need more start-ups. It is great to be somewhere where you can hear about banks lending money and entrepreneurs starting a new business. Businesses really matter and it is great to be here at the start of a new small business in West Oxfordshire. Secondly, tourism also really matters and we want to do more to attract tourists to West Oxfordshire. There are going to be hundreds of millions of tourists coming from China and India in the future and we want to capture some of that value. Schemes like this will do exactly that.
"But most importantly, as the parent of a disabled child, I know how incredibly meaningful and important it is to have somewhere you can take all your children and particularly somewhere you can learn about wildlife, the countryside and animals, and have the opportunity to hold them and to get to know them. It means an enormous amount to parents of disabled children.
"Those things I think really come together in this great scheme."
Added: 21 June 2013