Time to get down to Woodlands Farm

WHAT do wellie-wanging, terrier racing and hedgehog rescuing have in common?

Not an awful lot, at first sight, but when you consider that these disparate activities will all be included in the open day at Woodlands Farm in Kirton next week, if all falls into place.

The popular open day will see the farm open its doors – and its gates – to the public so they can see what goes on at the site, which is well-known for turkey rearing.

Around 2,000 people are expected to head along for the event, which will take place on Sunday, August 19.

Highlights of the day will include tractor and trailer rides, a display of farm machinery, terrier racing, a poetry trail, arts and crafts stalls – such as spinning, quilting and canal art – beekeeping and hedgehog rescue information.

Also on the day there will be a chance to show off your artistic skills and create a masterpiece, as the farm is running a wildlife art competition in conjunction with the RSPB.

It has been organised in a bid to encourage people to learn more about the conservation of wild birds and their habitat.

There will be plenty of inspiration around the farm for the aspiring artist, as the area is a melting pot of wildlife, with numerous species of birds, mammals and plants on site. Lincoln red cattle, Lincoln longwool sheep, curly-coated pigs, and, of course, rare breed turkeys, will all be willing models for the day, as well as birds including skylarks, yellowhammer and lapwing.

Rosie Redzia, one of the farm’s artists who will be on hand to offer tips on the day, said: “We’re encouraging artists of all ages to have a go – even those who haven’t picked up a pencil for years.”

Twelve winners will be picked by farm owner Andrew Dennis and John Bradley of the RSPB.

The successful pictures will be displayed to thousands of visitors when they go on display at Frampton Marsh RSPB reserve later in the year.

The open day will kick off at 10am next Sunday and activities will run until 4pm.