AN ESSENTIAL new bridge has been installed at Dodford Children’s Farm, thanks to a generous donation by Bromsgrove Round Table.
The original wooden bridge across the stream on the site was funded by the Round Table years ago but fell victim to rot and needed replacing and now a new solid steel structure has taken pride of place.
It enables children visiting the charity to make use of the woodland and fields on the site so they can enjoy the natural environment.
Dodford Children’s Farm was established in 1950 by a school doctor and Lucy Cadbury to provide countryside respite for young children from post-war Birmingham.
The charity still offers countryside retreats to children from underprivileged backgrounds, special schools and other schools from all over the Midlands along with family holidays on a referral basis.
Dodford company – Foster Welding and Fabrications Ltd – built and installed the bridge for free after hearing the charity had lots of renovations to do and was in need of help.
The firm even asked Hereford Galvanising to galvanise and transport the metal at less than cost price.
Manager Kelly Broadfield said the charity was extremely grateful to he Round table and Foster Welding for enabling this project to happen at all and thanked Hereford Galvanising for its contribution.
“The old bridge had been blocked off as it was unsafe to use and we feared it would be a long time before we would be able to fund this project.”
Casey O’Donnell, Bromsgrove Round Table chairman, added: “We have been associated with Dodford Children’s Farm for many years and we are delighted to have been able to support this project once again, enabling the children who visit to fully explore the rich countryside we are so lucky to have around us.”
Visit dodfordfarm.co.uk for more on the charity.