A BUILDING housing four classrooms, a greeting space and a large play area will be constructed at Churchfields to educate people on Droitwich’s rich heritage and farming.
The application was given the green light by Wychavon District Council’s planning committee last week and the project will also lead to at least six new jobs being created.
Livestock pens will showcase different breeds and enable visitors to get up close with the animals and an outdoor area will be used to highlight tractors and other farming machinery.
Owner Will Kerton said: “The countryside is an important attribute for Droitwich and the wider Worcestershire area and we should celebrate it.
“Sometimes I think us and others in the county are a bit shy and do not bang our drum loudly enough – we have so much to be proud of.”
As well as being a working farm, Churchfields boasts a maize maze and other activities.
It has also become renowned locally for its ice cream and is the home of Droitwich Salt and products made from its famous brine.
Will said its prime location, road links and cycle paths were perfect to bring more people to Churchfields.
“We have people coming here from all over the West Midlands, including the Black Country, Stratford and Leamington.
“This week we have a fairy trail on for children to follow and it has gone down really well.”
He added it was important for people of all ages but particularly children to learn about Droitwich’s Salt history, general heritage and environmentally sensitive farming which Churchfields prides itself on.
“I find if you make education fun then children learn more.
“We are putting the play area in because it is equally important for them to burn off their excess energy.
“With a weatherproof space we will have the chance to do this all year round.”