Thousands flock to Oaklands College lambing day

Del Knowles with visitors

Del Knowles with visitors

First published in News St Albans & Harpenden Review: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

Thousands of people flocked to a St Albans college on Sunday as the beginning of spring was marked with the birth of baby lambs.

The sun shone for Oaklands College’s annual Lambing Day event, which attracted a record breaking 5,000 visitors to the Smallford Campus.

Oaklands College animal care students welcomed visitors, who got the chance to meet new born lambs, chicks, goats, pigs, alpacas, wallabies and emus as well as an array of other animals in the Animal Care Centre, including reptiles, rabbits and birds.

Crowds also got the chance to watch one of the ewes give birth to twins, assisted by the college’s farm manager, Del Knowles, who explained the stages of lambing throughout the birth.

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Three-year-old Ted Gifford with Rosie the lamb

Zoe Hancock, college principal said: "What a fantastic day. We are now in our third year of Lambing Day and it was such a success. Those who timed it right witnessed the birth of twins - an unforgettable experience."

"As well as being a great event for the local community to see our Landbased learning opportunities, our students gained invaluable work experience."

The college’s Chicken Run Farm Shop attracted younger onlookers with newly hatched chicks while hospitality and catering students sold kebabs, chutneys and cupcakes and horticulture students sold plants, which they had been growing in the college’s recently completed 20 metre glasshouse.

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6:49pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Sloodwrangler says...

No mention in this report that the event caused traffic chaos to the whole area and delayed the 602 bus route by nearly an hour?

The Oaklands site isn't suitable for large scale public events due to the poor road access.
No mention in this report that the event caused traffic chaos to the whole area and delayed the 602 bus route by nearly an hour? The Oaklands site isn't suitable for large scale public events due to the poor road access. Sloodwrangler
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