Oxfordshire couple open accessible new farm park
A couple whose disabled daughter acted as the inspiration behind their new venture have finally opened a disabled-friendly family farm park in their home county of Oxfordshire after five years of planning and building.
Nick and Nicola Laister, whose 15-year-old daughter Olivia suffers from cerebral palsy, have just unveiled their 'Fairytale Farm' project near Chipping Norton, as documented in this BBC News article. As Nick - a planning consultant - explains: 'Our vision was to create the sort of attraction that we would have liked to visit with our own children'.
Designed specifically with the needs of physically and mentally disabled children in mind, Fairytale Farm features highlights such as an 'Enchanted Walk' and various species of farmyard animals including alpacas, ponies, donkeys and the South American rhea bird.
First and second hand mobility cars and other such aids provide vital practical support for people of all ages in situations like Olivia's, but projects like Fairytale Farm have a role to play that is every bit as important. These attractions will provide much-deserved fun and entertainment for members of the disabled community and their families.
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