Following recent visits by Shetland ponies, children at The Nursery in Portishead, near Bristol, last week welcomed newborn lambs into their garden.

Nursery owner Jackie Hardie said: “It was wonderful; the children loved seeing the lambs up close and could hardly contain their excitement. There is so much to gain from visits like this, they help the children extend their understanding of animals, help them to connect with nature and stimulate their curiosity. We are hoping to see some hens and pigmy goats in our garden in the coming weeks!”

The visiting lambs were an extension of the service provided by Sperrings Equestrian in Clapton in Gordano, who now take their Shetland ponies to see the children at The Nursery on a regular basis.

Sally and Bex Letts, the mother and daughter team who run the equestrian centre, said: “We hold pony parties and play dates at our farm to provide children with the opportunity to get up close with the animals but not everyone is able to come along, so we decided to open up these opportunities to more people by taking the animals out in to the community. We also visit schools and nursing homes.”

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