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Rare micro lambs born at Strawberry farm in Uttoxeter

By UttoxeterPostandTimes.3522974.UttoxeterPostandTimes  |  Posted: April 30, 2014

  • 29/04/14 Baby micro lambs Russell and Sarah Heath

  • 29/04/14 Baby micro lambs

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A VERY special and very tiny delivery took place at the miniature farm at a garden centre near Uttoxeter.

Two sheep, of a rare miniature Ouessant breed, gave birth at Strawberry Garden Centre, in Bramshall Road, Bramshall.

The new additions, named Alice and Arthur will be in the paddock with their mums for visitors to see.

The garden centre recently opened a farm onsite and, due to space restrictions, opted for rare miniature animals for an attraction with a twist.

The site is now home to Kunekune pigs, pygmy goats, chickens as well as the miniature sheep, offering ‘something a bit different’ for visitors to the centre.

Sarah Heath, who owns the Strawberry Garden Centre with her husband Russell, said: “We introduced the farm area at the centre last year but we didn’t have much space so we decided to opt for smaller breeds of animal with a particular focus on the rarer breeds.

“We have Kunekune pigs, pygmy goats and one or two chickens.

“It’s lovely that our two female Ouessant sheep have both given birth, so now we have an Alice and an Arthur.”

Russell Heath said: “We decided that we needed to diversify a little bit.

“We looked into what we could do that would be a bit different.

“We thought having small animals would be that bit different for our visitors and would attract more people to the centre.

“It’s something a bit different for children to come and see while their parents shop for garden supplies.

“The Ouessant sheep are a dwarf breed and jet black.

“We also have some KuneKune breed of micro pigs which originated in New Zealand and were kept by the maui tribe.

“They are round, fat and short.

“It’s a micro farm.”

The micro farm is open daily and is accessed through the garden centre.

The Strawberry Garden Centre is a family-run centre offering a wide price range of shrubs, plants, herbs, trees and more unusual varieties of plant.

On site there is also a coffee shop and cafe which prepares everything fresh from scratch daily.

Craft outlet The Sewing Patch provides patchwork and quilting accessories and conduct regular workshops.

There is a large display of greenhouses on site as well as a number of antique and collectable items including furniture, books and ornaments.

More information is available by contacting Sarah on 01889 562292.

Alternatively information is available by contacting via email on sarah@strawberrygardencentre.com.

Products are available to view online along with the newsletter on the website.

This is to be found at www.strawberrygardencentre.com

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