On a crisp sunny February morning I headed out to visit somewhere I had never been before in Sheffield, a true hidden gem: Heeley City Farm.
Located just 15 minutes from the city centre this little place is a haven for when you want to have a few quiet minutes, to catch up with friends or need some animal cuddles; it is also free! But equally as Heeley City Farm’s motto is ‘Working for the community with the community’ they are reliant on donations from visitors to maintain this beautiful space, as a not for profit charity.
Currently green spaces are increasingly recognised as having a positive effect on mental health. I can personally confirm how much a short walk and breath of fresh air can help me feel a little less isolated. We’re very lucky in Sheffield to have so many wonderful parks, and green places like Heeley Farm to visit and draw from when our spirits are low.
The accessibility of the farm means you can just take time looking at the wonderful friendly animals the farm has. Talk to the amazing volunteers if you want to know more about the projects they’re involved in.
There is a real variety of animals to see from larger ones like horses, cows and goats, chickens, and smaller animals like Guinea pigs, chipmunks and ferrets. For the braver among you there are tarantulas, snakes and lizards! My favourites were the rabbits. They looked so fluffy and content, and put a smile on my face. You may hold one of the smaller animals. The animals you can hold are so lovely as they make take in the wonder of nature, and bring some joy into visitors’ lives.
Once you’ve made a trip around the site you can relax in the nice café (which is also run by volunteers) where the menu changes every day. Enjoy one of the tasty freshly prepared meals or perhaps a hot beverage. There is also a chance to take some of the nature home with you by purchasing a plant or some flowers. There is an under 8-year-old playground for the children to play in. On certain days, there are also activities like craft sessions and the farm supports many community projects too that you can get involved in too.
I will definitely be heading back soon to breathe in the atmosphere of a place which is filled with so much love and helps you to smile and relax even when life is busy; and I’d recommend you find a time to visit too!
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The Farm is open every day from 9.00am to 5.00pm and the café and Garden Centre 10.00am to 4.00pm