A FARM has secured thousands of pounds of funding to build a new craft room.

Lauriston Farm, in Goldhanger, received a £4,000 grant from Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme to create a permanent rural heritage craft room for adults with learning disabilities to create woollen products.

A spokesman said: “We will be making things like tablet sleeves from our rare breed North Ronaldsay sheep.

“The room will enable us to offer more day placements at the farm, as part of our social farming initiative, and will be large enough to house looms and large drum carders so more of our wool can be worked.”

A selection of wool craft items made at the farm were on sale at the Maeldune Heritage Centre in Maldon town.

The farm has also announced its dates for its seven-day Introduction to Biodynamics course next year. Visitors can explore the basics of the biodynamic method of farming and gardening over seven Saturdays from February 23 to July 6. For more details, visit lauristonfarm.co.uk/education.