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At the weekend a popular farm that very often thinks outside of the box hosted its very first goat yoga session for visitors.

The session, which featured goats who live at Cherry Tree Farm in Methwold, was a trial for an upcoming mental health event on July 10, which has been dubbed Moon Magic Yoga.

Yoga and goat enthusiasts alike came to the farm on Sunday June 26 to experience stretches in the sunshine, with some help from the hooved residents.

Goat yoga with Georgina Burman at Cherry Tree Farm Methwold. (57559634)
Goat yoga with Georgina Burman at Cherry Tree Farm Methwold. (57559634)
Goat yoga with Georgina Burman at Cherry Tree Farm Methwold. (57559636)
Goat yoga with Georgina Burman at Cherry Tree Farm Methwold. (57559636)
Goat yoga with Georgina Burman at Cherry Tree Farm Methwold. (57559643)
Goat yoga with Georgina Burman at Cherry Tree Farm Methwold. (57559643)

The goat obsession doesn't stop there, as the farm has many goat related merchandise on it's website including printed mugs and keyrings.

Many of the goats have names, and visitors have personal favourites. One is named after national hero late Sir Captain Tom Moore, another is called Oreo due to his black and white colouring and another called Roo.

To purchase one of these items for the goat lover in your life head to https://cherrytreefarmmethwold.co.uk/shop/.

Goat yoga at Cherry Tree Farm Methwold. (57559645)
Goat yoga at Cherry Tree Farm Methwold. (57559645)
Goat yoga at Cherry Tree Farm Methwold. (57559637)
Goat yoga at Cherry Tree Farm Methwold. (57559637)
Goat yoga at Cherry Tree Farm Methwold. (57559642)
Goat yoga at Cherry Tree Farm Methwold. (57559642)
Goat yoga at Cherry Tree Farm Methwold. (57559641)
Goat yoga at Cherry Tree Farm Methwold. (57559641)
Goat yoga at Cherry Tree Farm Methwold. (57559646)
Goat yoga at Cherry Tree Farm Methwold. (57559646)
Goat yoga at Cherry Tree Farm Methwold. (57559638)
Goat yoga at Cherry Tree Farm Methwold. (57559638)

Tracy Peckham, the farm's director has collaborated with staff on events that aid mental health and are suitable for people with special needs.

Last year, Cherry Tree Farm introduced goat walking, an activity that proved popular as people came out of lockdown during springtime. The goats themselves also seemed to enjoy the walking sessions, and during the yoga session were content to appraise the progress of many a downward dog.

Families enjoy a day of goat walking fun at Cherry Tree Farm in Methwold, CREDIT Steven Hewitt (46546199)
Families enjoy a day of goat walking fun at Cherry Tree Farm in Methwold, CREDIT Steven Hewitt (46546199)

Along with Moon Magic Yoga, Cherry Tree Farm is still seeking funding for it's long awaited SEN classroom, which will provide children with special needs a safe space to connect with animals and create.

The countryside attraction has many loyal SEN visitors and the cause is something dear to Mrs Peckham's heart.

Families enjoy a day of goat walking fun at Cherry Tree Farm in Methwold, CREDIT Steven Hewitt (46546150)
Families enjoy a day of goat walking fun at Cherry Tree Farm in Methwold, CREDIT Steven Hewitt (46546150)

Mrs Peckham said last year: "It would also be a great place for the parents to unwind, and would provide a serene, sensory space."

To donate to the fund head to their website to contact them directly.

The farm needs a certain amount to be awarded a grant from the council.

They said on Facebook: "We are needing money to match fund a disabled/SEN playpark. If you could help raise funds or organise something at the farm to raise funds, please get in touch.

"We need to raise money before July 1st to apply for a council grant. This playpark is a specialist play area especially for wheelchair users, less able bodied people and this will be the only one in our area.

"We have local backing and just to need to raise money to match fund. The overall cost is huge but the benefits to our disabled clients would be massive.

"Our SEN school visits and work experience pupils would also benefit.

"Wheelchair users are not treated equally and the park would be getting them off the ground up onto the tower so they can look over and down instead of always being looked down on.

"They can see what others enjoy and the double person slide would allow these people to use the slide with another person for comfort and safety. All offers and ideas welcome.

"Our current fundraising we are doing on the farm is for the SEN classroom.

"To supply it with solar and table and chairs etc. We have it now on site, refurbished and ready to go once the power is on. Heating installed, flooring buffed too.

"But if we have clients that love the farm, maybe have a SEN person that enjoys the freedom that could run some fundraising that would be a huge help. Anything we can do at the farm to help is offered too."

Cherry Tree Farm is now inundated with visitors and will be holding a fundraising event for the SEN classroom this summer, which will include a live music event and bike show.

The event was also held last year, with scores of people in attendance.



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