Christmas at Tam O’Shanter’s Farm

Tam O’Shanter’s urban farm at Bidston Hill has two great new attractions for visitors.Tom James Moulsdale has finished his amazing mural depicting the farm just in time for the festive season. Tom, who’s 18 and from Leasowe, is a talented artist who says he enjoys painting anything, but natural subjects are his speciality. He feels a particular affinity with Tam O’Shanter’s as he has worked at the farm as a volunteer since 2009. He’s been working on the picture for about six weeks, spending a few days each week at the farm. He’s taken care to include in the mural all the farm’s favourite animals, and children will have fun spotting them. The mural is inside the farm’s café and will of course still be there after Christmas.

Tom says he’s also painted murals for children’s bedroom walls, and his other commissions have included pet portraits. If you’re interested in commissioning one of the region’s most interesting up and coming young artists, you can email him at tommoulsdale@googlemail.com or telephone him on 07825548016.

Another superb creation is the farm’s Christmas Grotto, which opens to the public on Sunday December 8th. It’s been constructed by Farm Warden Andy McCulloch and Elizabeth Carew, largely from recycled materials. As you pass through the grotto you’re taken on a magical journey, full of enchanting nooks and crannies and with nice humorous touches, such as the sign for the North End which has been amended to read ‘North Pole’. As Farm Warden, Andy (below) lives in Tam O’Shanter’s cottage (part of his house is now the grotto!) and he explains that his connections to the farm go back a long way as his mother was part of the team that restored the cottage after it was saved from demolition some years ago. All profits from the grotto will go to the farm, which is run by a charitable trust.

For more information on Tam O’Shanter’s urban farm, visit the farm’s website: http://www.tamoshanterfarm.org.uk/