Gnome news is good news for Ponderosa

Debbie Burton with some gnomes at Ponderosa. (d23021111)
Debbie Burton with some gnomes at Ponderosa. (d23021111)
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PONDEROSA Rare Breeds Farm is hoping to show gnome man is an island – by creating a gnome village with the help of local children.

Manager Debbie Burton is appealing to schools, Scout and Guide groups and youth clubs in the Spen Valley to design their own gnomes, which will be used to create an island village.

Debbie got the idea from a family trip to north Devon which is home to the the Gnome Reserve, one of the county’s most popular tourist hotspots. It features a large expanse of woodland complete with a host of different garden gnomes.

“In Devon, the Gnome Reserve is one of the busiest attractions and has lots and lots of visitors,” she said.

“I just thought we could do something like that at Ponderosa and get the community involved.

“We are hoping to bring the local schools together, as well as other community groups, into one project so we can have something that everyone can see.”

She hopes that with enough support, the gnome island can be in place by the end of July – in time for the school holidays.

She added: “We’ve got a spot for the gnomes at the farm, near the beach where there is a bridge over the river. The area is covered in plants at the minute, but if we get enough interest we can clear it and start planning what goes where.”

Debbie said that her idea was for each school or group to have its own design to fit in with the prospective village – like a gnome airport or a beach theme. The best design could even win a prize.

“Initially, we just want to find out if people are interested in getting involved. Then we can start contacting groups and get things moving,” she said.

If you are interested in the project at the rare breeds farm, in Heckmondwike, contact Debbie on 01924 235276.