Demolition starts!

altDemolition work has started on the large, unfinished two-storey timber building that was on the site when we acquired it. It was painful to have to see the building coming down, but unfortunately it had been erected without securing building regulations approval and we had been advised that it would cost more to put it right than to build a new one. The building was also in poor condition, having been exposed to the elements for several years.

The replacement building has already received planning permission and will include a large indoor space for education purposes and for refreshments. We currently need around £100,000 to complete the building before we open next year. We are therefore looking for donations, sponsorship, materials or help with the construction. If you can help in any way, email nick@fairytalefarm.co.uk or telephone 01608 646279.

The photograph on the right shows Shaun, Guy and Nick in the process of dismantling the structure. You can see more photos of the demolition day on our Facebook page.

News story added: 3 September 2011

Pigs arrive at Fairytale Farm

altOur first pigs have arrived at Fairytale Farm. Called Aston and Martin, they spent their first two years living in a first floor flat in Abingdon. A Sky TV film crew covered the move to Fairytale Farm on 13 August.

The pigs both loved their first experience of grass and soil and enjoyed rolling around in it! The picture shows the pigs settled down for their first night with Olivia looking on.

See photos of their arrival on our Facebook page.

News story added: 13 August 2011

Thank you for your support

Bon Giovi at the Cotswold Music FestivalA big thank you to everybody who supported the Cotswold Music Festival yesterday. The day was a great success and a real family day out with fantastic weather and great music.

Nick and Nicola would like to say a special thank you to Noel and Sandra for organising the event. We never doubted that you could pull it off, and you certainly did. Thanks also to Tim Busby for his help and support, including designing the festival website, to the Air Cadets for keeping the car park under control and to all the bands and their crew for putting on a brilliant show. And last but by no means least, thanks to our two volunteers, Julie and Katie, for manning the entrance gates and checking tickets respectively.

There are some photos of the event on our Facebook page.

News item added: 31 July 2011

New Rhea hatched

Photograph of newly hatched RheaOur first Rhea hatched today. The egg was given to us by Dartmoor Zoo. Here is a picture of it about 10 minutes after hatching. Amazing to think it will grow 5 feet tall! We will follow the Rhea's progress on this website and on our Facebook page.

On Thursday, just two days ago, two little chickens also hatched. We actually watched them hatch in front of our eyes! They will join our existing 26 chickens. Our most interesting chicken is a beautiful Silkie from China called 'Lucky'.

For more photos of our new arrivals, click here. And there are loads more photos of these animals and other developments at Fairytale Farm on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/fairytalefarm.

News item added: 6 August 2011

Help us complete Fairytale Farm

Fairytale Farm still needs to raise another £200,000 to allow us to complete the project. Our focus is now moving on to securing sponsorship from companies who might be able to help us reach our target. We are also looking for contractors who can help us install animal enclosures, lay paths and erect a new building to create some indoor space. If you can help or would like to sponsor the project, please contact us on 01608 646279 or info@fairytalefarm.co.uk.

News item addedd 20 July 2011

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