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Otley pupils step up and take flight at launch of brand new zip wire at Herd Farm


Local school children from Ashfield Primary School took to the sky at the launch of a brand new double zip wire at Herd Farm Residential & Activity Centre.

Joined by Councillor Fiona Venner (Executive member for children and families) and Councillor Julie Heselwood (Deputy executive member for children’s service), the school children were the first official group to try out the new facility.

There was also a special guest appearance from Ronnie the Rhino, the mascot of Leeds Rhinos rugby league team. The new zip wire is 150 metres long and takes two people on a thrilling downhill ride together. It replaces an older single zip wire and provides an important stepping stone for children and young people to progress to more challenging skill-based activities at the centre.

As well as zip lining, Herd Farm also offer over 40 outdoor team activities including a giant swing, archery, bushcraft and mountain boarding. The centre works with over 4000 children and young people from Leeds each year and offers them learning experiences to help them gain confidence and develop new skills.

Councillor Fiona Venner, executive member for children and families said:

“Since opening in 2000, Herd Farm has been making a real difference to children and young people’s lives by helping them develop skills and build confidence through challenging indoor and outdoor activities. It provides a safe and inclusive environment for children of all ages and abilities, as well as adults.

“I’m delighted that they are introducing a new zip wire to their ever-growing list of activities which I’m sure will be enjoyed greatly.”

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