Hidden away in the heart of Sheffield is Heeley City Farm, a relaxing slice of the countryside, complete with friendly farm animals, a peat-free garden centre and sustainable living centre.
This community-led social enterprise is a certified rare breeds centre, and goats (including endangered Bagots Goats), pigs, chickens, horses, ducks and sheep are just some of the types of animals that reside on the farm.
Cute and furry smaller animals that love visitors, such as rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs, a chinchilla and a cat, can be found in the Small Animal House. Meanwhile, you’ll also be able to spot some more exotic animals from tarantulas to snakes, to lizards and even Arthur the Giant African Land Snail!
Protecting the environment is important to those that work at Heeley City Farm, with the farm itself powered by sun and wind power. The South Yorkshire Energy Centre opened at the site in 2006 and showcases renewable energy and sustainable building materials and techniques to inspire visitors.
As well as helping local residents in fuel poverty to improve their energy efficiency, the farm offers employment and training programmes to people with learning disabilities and those in long term unemployment.
Continuing the environmentally friendly theme, visitors can take away plants (with advice from the expert horticulturalist volunteers), home grown vegetables, eggs from the farm’s chickens and ducks can be bought, along with pet hutches and bird boxes made to order by the Learning Difficulties and Disabilities woodwork students.
A quick stop off in the all vegetarian and vegan Farm Kitchen café will fill you up with moreish cakes, and healthy home-cooked food made from as much home-grown veg as possible!