Lambing fair is back

AFTER a lay-off last year because of the foot-and-mouth epidemic, a popular event has returned - and attracted more than 2,500 visitors in its first three hours.

AFTER a lay-off last year because of the foot-and-mouth epidemic, a popular event has returned - and attracted more than 2,500 visitors in its first three hours.

The Lambing Fair at Foxburrow Farm in Melton, near Woodbridge, is the major showpiece of the year for the education section of Suffolk Wildlife Trust, run by Judy Powell.

But the event is about more than just the new season's crop of new-born lambs. Stalls and exhibits arranged around the farmyard were selling everything from jewellery to ceramics, offering demonstrations of spinning, wood turning and clay modelling.

There was also a chance to sponsor a sheep for £30, or a lamb for £15, and there were face painting, nature trails and a treasure hunt for children at yesterday's fair.

The event was held to raise money for Suffolk Wildlife Trust and its Sandling project, which cares for the county's heathlands using grazing sheep as a means of controlling vegetation and scrub.

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