11:52 Tuesday 08 January 2013

Grass is greener as Joey leaves National Forest for school

Written byBY HELEN KREFT

A BURTON tourist attraction has handed over one of its beloved animals to a school for children with learning disabilities.

Joey the Pygmy goat has been donated to Hillcrest Oaklands College, in Kings Bromley, by the National Forest Adventure Farm, in Tatenhill.

Hillcrest Oaklands College prepares its young students for independent living and the world of work when leaving care.

The college also offers a variety of vocational learning including ‘Care of Animals’.

Joey was one of three Pygmy goats at the National Forest Adventure Farm. The farm allows visitors to meet and feed animals and explore the outdoor Funfield, including go-karts, mini assault course and crazy golf, and have fun in the huge indoor play barn.

Tom Robinson, National Forest Adventure Farm director, said: “We are delighted to have donated Joey to Hillcrest Oaklands College and that our gesture can play a small part in helping a young person develop new skills.”

Graham Hertz, head teacher at Hillcrest Oaklands College added: “It’s been great that Joey has joined us at the college. All the students here love all the animals and take extra special care when being with them. Animal Care plays an important part in the therapeutic approach adopted throughout the ethos of the college.”

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