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All the fun of the farm

Published: Mon, 11 Aug 2014
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Claudia O’Neill, NIHE with some of the children who enjoyed their recent trip to Streamvale Open Farm.
LA Project Streamvale
Residents from the Lisanally and Alexander estates in Armagh City headed up the M1 recently for a family outing to Streamvale Open Farm.
The lucky families got to experience the sights and smells of a real farmyard on the trip which was part of the estates’ commitment to our Shared Communities Project.
They had the opportunity to get up close to traditional farm animals including chicks, dairy cows, baby bunnies and pigs.  Feeding time proved a firm favourite and the families were able to watch the farm’s 300 dairy cows being milked in the afternoon.
Valerie Fletcher from the LA Project was delighted with the community outing:
“It was a terrific opportunity for families from both estates to get to know each other better and enjoy each other’s company in the relaxed environment of the farm.  We already see the benefits as the children have continued to play with one another in the good weather after we returned.
“On behalf of the LA Project I’d like to extend our thanks to the Housing Executive’s community cohesion unit which has been very supportive of our work.”
Our Cohesion Advisor for the South area, Claudia O’Neill, echoed what Valerie said and continued:
“The LA Project is very active in our Shared Communities Project and this latest event proved a great success.  It brought the families together to encourage the children to get to know one another and pave the way for future good relations.”