DESPITE its closure during the lockdown, Wigfield Farm’s online virtual visits have gone global throughout the pandemic.

The Worsbrough farm’s online animal care lessons have been seen in every county in England and in Scotland, Wales and Ireland - requests were also received from Germany, Spain, Kuwait and New Zealand.

During its temporary closure, Barnsley College staff decided they wanted to still engage with the community, and as they knew schools would still be covering topics around animals, decided to take their lessons online.

Lindsey Robinson, an activity worker at Wigfield Farm, said: “The college didn’t want children to feel like they were missing out, so we decided to make some free teaching resources and to create a virtual farm tour experience to bring our farm into the classroom.

“Farm visits are often the only chance for children to get up close to animals so making videos means they still get to meet them and their characters.

“We have had some amazing feedback and to think that we have put smiles on the faces of children all around the world feels very rewarding and more than we could have ever imagined.”