Greenmeadow Community Farm in Cwmbran scoops Netmums outdoor play award

Free Press Series: POPULAR: Charlotte Debnam, six, is just one of more than 60,000 people who visit Greenmeadow Community Farm in Cwmbran every year POPULAR: Charlotte Debnam, six, is just one of more than 60,000 people who visit Greenmeadow Community Farm in Cwmbran every year

ONE of Torfaen's most popular and well loved attractions has been recognised at the prestigious Netmums Outdoor Play Awards.

Greenmeadow Community Farm in Cwmbran clinched one of the top spots after being voted for by members of Britain’s biggest parenting site Netmums.com.

Set in more than 120 acres, Greenmeadow has a wide range of pedigree and rare breed animals and attracts more than 60,000 visitors a year.

Farm director Sally Partridge said: “It’s wonderful to be recognised for what we do.

“Our whole staff team are passionate about making farming experiences accessible to children and their families.

“We hope to welcome even more families after being recognised by Netmums as one of the regions’ best outdoor attractions.”

The farm is more than 250 years old and was rescued by a group of local residents around 25 years ago from becoming a housing development and turned into a community farm for visitors from far and wide.

Daily activities include milking demonstrations and tractor and trailer rides and lots of additional activities during school holidays, as well as seasonal events throughout the year.

Margam Country Park won the awards for Wales and Greenmeadow was one of the runners-up.

The farm will receive a special certificate to display at the venue, an exclusive badge for their website listing and free advertising on Netmums.

Netmums.com local editor, Angharad Westmore, said: "We are so lucky to have lots of fantastic outdoor venues to choose from, but mums and dads rated Greenmeadow Community Farm as somewhere extra special. It’s fantastic to know children can enjoy the great outdoors safely and happily at such a lovely venue."

For more information, contact Greenmeadow Community Farm on 01633 647662 or email greenmeadowcommunityfarm@torfaen.gov.uk

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7:47am Tue 27 May 14

indy2012 says...

They get an award, all at the expense of Torfaen council tax payers, let them stand on their own two feet and not take the massive hand outs that T.C.B.C give them year in year out, they are haemorrhaging money that we cannot afford, if it's that good go to tender, lease it to a private company, I don't think you would get many takers.
The next load of dribble to come out I suspect will be " it's a learning establishment so it can be funded by the public" .
" The Farm" is Bob Wellingtons baby so don't expect anything to happen.
They get an award, all at the expense of Torfaen council tax payers, let them stand on their own two feet and not take the massive hand outs that T.C.B.C give them year in year out, they are haemorrhaging money that we cannot afford, if it's that good go to tender, lease it to a private company, I don't think you would get many takers. The next load of dribble to come out I suspect will be " it's a learning establishment so it can be funded by the public" . " The Farm" is Bob Wellingtons baby so don't expect anything to happen. indy2012
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8:20am Tue 27 May 14

Pafkay says...

Wow indy2012, so much anger over such a small thing. Its attractions like the community farm that need to have their budget protected, it gives a valuable experience to children who may never see animals in a farm setting, the education value of places like this is worth the budget alone. Plus it is a very pleasant afternoon out.
I have no idea what the budget for the farm is, but I doubt that cutting funding totally will have any impact overall to the residents of Torfaen, and it will almost certainly sound the death knell for such a wonderful attraction. Maybe a better target for your angst would be the deadwood that works in the council, rather than the sections that are actually making a difference
Wow indy2012, so much anger over such a small thing. Its attractions like the community farm that need to have their budget protected, it gives a valuable experience to children who may never see animals in a farm setting, the education value of places like this is worth the budget alone. Plus it is a very pleasant afternoon out. I have no idea what the budget for the farm is, but I doubt that cutting funding totally will have any impact overall to the residents of Torfaen, and it will almost certainly sound the death knell for such a wonderful attraction. Maybe a better target for your angst would be the deadwood that works in the council, rather than the sections that are actually making a difference Pafkay
  • Score: 0

9:57am Tue 27 May 14

irisheyes says...

indy2012 wrote:
They get an award, all at the expense of Torfaen council tax payers, let them stand on their own two feet and not take the massive hand outs that T.C.B.C give them year in year out, they are haemorrhaging money that we cannot afford, if it's that good go to tender, lease it to a private company, I don't think you would get many takers.
The next load of dribble to come out I suspect will be " it's a learning establishment so it can be funded by the public" .
" The Farm" is Bob Wellingtons baby so don't expect anything to happen.
I read somewhere that the farm runs at a loss of £400,000 a year.
[quote][p][bold]indy2012[/bold] wrote: They get an award, all at the expense of Torfaen council tax payers, let them stand on their own two feet and not take the massive hand outs that T.C.B.C give them year in year out, they are haemorrhaging money that we cannot afford, if it's that good go to tender, lease it to a private company, I don't think you would get many takers. The next load of dribble to come out I suspect will be " it's a learning establishment so it can be funded by the public" . " The Farm" is Bob Wellingtons baby so don't expect anything to happen.[/p][/quote]I read somewhere that the farm runs at a loss of £400,000 a year. irisheyes
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11:42am Tue 27 May 14

mikex1 says...

indy2012 wrote:
They get an award, all at the expense of Torfaen council tax payers, let them stand on their own two feet and not take the massive hand outs that T.C.B.C give them year in year out, they are haemorrhaging money that we cannot afford, if it's that good go to tender, lease it to a private company, I don't think you would get many takers.
The next load of dribble to come out I suspect will be " it's a learning establishment so it can be funded by the public" .
" The Farm" is Bob Wellingtons baby so don't expect anything to happen.
Couldn't agree more .I remember finding out about this huge subsidy some years ago when I unsuccessfully attempted to put on a for charity rock show at the farm .Everything was going great - I had local bands and artists lined up ,including a string quartet .I had talked with the farm manager who thought it was a brilliant idea .We had discussed having craft stalls ,hot dog stalls,children entertainers etc etc .A few days later I received a phone call from the farm to say it was off .The same thing happened with several other suitable venues - initial agreement then a phone call a few days later .I've now given up trying to help the community because it appears that if it's not Bob Wellington's idea then it hasn't got his approval and doesn't happen ! I think you'll find Bob has his fingers in every worthwhile pie in Torfaen and has run the show and restricted our cultural growth for years .Check out how much the Congress Theatre costs us each year and any number of other places where you'll find Bob is on the board or behind the scenes .It would be wonderful to be proved wrong and find it's merely the incompetence of Torfaen Borough Council . Which could be rectified with a reshuffle and some expert guidance .Alas there are many like me that have come up against his wall of power and had to admit defeat .To some the man is an enigma to me he's an ******** ! Stop squandering our money ! AAAAAHHHHH .and breathe .Quite cathartic.
[quote][p][bold]indy2012[/bold] wrote: They get an award, all at the expense of Torfaen council tax payers, let them stand on their own two feet and not take the massive hand outs that T.C.B.C give them year in year out, they are haemorrhaging money that we cannot afford, if it's that good go to tender, lease it to a private company, I don't think you would get many takers. The next load of dribble to come out I suspect will be " it's a learning establishment so it can be funded by the public" . " The Farm" is Bob Wellingtons baby so don't expect anything to happen.[/p][/quote]Couldn't agree more .I remember finding out about this huge subsidy some years ago when I unsuccessfully attempted to put on a for charity rock show at the farm .Everything was going great - I had local bands and artists lined up ,including a string quartet .I had talked with the farm manager who thought it was a brilliant idea .We had discussed having craft stalls ,hot dog stalls,children entertainers etc etc .A few days later I received a phone call from the farm to say it was off .The same thing happened with several other suitable venues - initial agreement then a phone call a few days later .I've now given up trying to help the community because it appears that if it's not Bob Wellington's idea then it hasn't got his approval and doesn't happen ! I think you'll find Bob has his fingers in every worthwhile pie in Torfaen and has run the show and restricted our cultural growth for years .Check out how much the Congress Theatre costs us each year and any number of other places where you'll find Bob is on the board or behind the scenes .It would be wonderful to be proved wrong and find it's merely the incompetence of Torfaen Borough Council . Which could be rectified with a reshuffle and some expert guidance .Alas there are many like me that have come up against his wall of power and had to admit defeat .To some the man is an enigma to me he's an ******** ! Stop squandering our money ! AAAAAHHHHH .and breathe .Quite cathartic. mikex1
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2:44pm Tue 27 May 14

indy2012 says...

Pafkay wrote:
Wow indy2012, so much anger over such a small thing. Its attractions like the community farm that need to have their budget protected, it gives a valuable experience to children who may never see animals in a farm setting, the education value of places like this is worth the budget alone. Plus it is a very pleasant afternoon out.
I have no idea what the budget for the farm is, but I doubt that cutting funding totally will have any impact overall to the residents of Torfaen, and it will almost certainly sound the death knell for such a wonderful attraction. Maybe a better target for your angst would be the deadwood that works in the council, rather than the sections that are actually making a difference
Try telling that to some O.A.P. who is struggling to make ends meet.
It's a known fact that the farm looses money, if this was a private company it would close down or put up for sale, £400,000 subsidy per year is no trivial amount to squander, as for venting my anger on the " deadwood" that works in the council and our so called caring councillors, I wouldn't know who to start with, they are just as useless as each other.
Brace yourself for a picture of Bob Wellington with a picture of said award in Torfaen Talks aka Wellington and Cunningham Times.
[quote][p][bold]Pafkay[/bold] wrote: Wow indy2012, so much anger over such a small thing. Its attractions like the community farm that need to have their budget protected, it gives a valuable experience to children who may never see animals in a farm setting, the education value of places like this is worth the budget alone. Plus it is a very pleasant afternoon out. I have no idea what the budget for the farm is, but I doubt that cutting funding totally will have any impact overall to the residents of Torfaen, and it will almost certainly sound the death knell for such a wonderful attraction. Maybe a better target for your angst would be the deadwood that works in the council, rather than the sections that are actually making a difference[/p][/quote]Try telling that to some O.A.P. who is struggling to make ends meet. It's a known fact that the farm looses money, if this was a private company it would close down or put up for sale, £400,000 subsidy per year is no trivial amount to squander, as for venting my anger on the " deadwood" that works in the council and our so called caring councillors, I wouldn't know who to start with, they are just as useless as each other. Brace yourself for a picture of Bob Wellington with a picture of said award in Torfaen Talks aka Wellington and Cunningham Times. indy2012
  • Score: 3

4:52pm Tue 27 May 14

Explainitplease says...

It is a great day out, and my kids love it.
But we have to accept that this is the reason why our council tax goes up every year, and mainline services to the community goes down.#
Between this subsidy and the farce that is the welsh language debacle, we could probably balance the books quite nicely and protect all the vulnerable people within our community.

Until someone takes it upon themselves to form an alternative political party who simply promise not to take the p**s of the electorate (locally or nationally), then nothing will change.
It is a great day out, and my kids love it. But we have to accept that this is the reason why our council tax goes up every year, and mainline services to the community goes down.# Between this subsidy and the farce that is the welsh language debacle, we could probably balance the books quite nicely and protect all the vulnerable people within our community. Until someone takes it upon themselves to form an alternative political party who simply promise not to take the p**s of the electorate (locally or nationally), then nothing will change. Explainitplease
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