It's all change down on the farm as Greenmeadow has opened a new arena for events and shelter thanks to a £220,000 cash boost.

The new Eye paddock has been redesigned to provide an arena for events, the farm has also been able to build permanent animal housing, upgraded footpaths and a shelter to provide cover from the rain or sun.

The woodland and pond area next to the paddock has also been upgraded.

Works to the haybarn have resulted in an all new activity room 'the LOFT' (Learning outdoors for tomorrow), a new hatchery and small animal facility. There is also a new base for the Gwent guild of spinners, weavers and dyers.

Director of the farm, Sally Partridge said: "I think the improvements are fantastic. They have made a really visible difference to the landscape of the farm.

"It benefits our visitors by increasing the undercover activities available and providing a perfect setting for our event day extras. Our animals benefit from the new accommodation. We have stabling for goats and custom built pens for tortoises, rabbits, guinea pigs, rats, mice and other small animals.

"The addition of hatching capacity for poultry and waterfowl is really exciting. We can use the new layout and facilities to offer even more hands on experiences for our visitors."

The community farm in Cwmbran attracts thousands of people every year, offering a hands-on insight into rural lifestyles and sustainable living.

Councillor Bob Wellington said: "We're extremely proud of Torfaen's rural heritage and looking to build on its huge potential for attracting visitors to the Cwmbran area.

"The farm, of course, is a key part of our tourism offer and I'm delighted that we've secured this funding to improve and expand the experience for visitors."

The works were funded through the Valleys regional park initiative and Torfaen council. The Valleys Regional Park is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Assembly Government.

To find out more about Greenmeadow Community Farm visit their website