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St James's urban farm: Acting the goat (chicken, sheep and pig) in west Belfast

By Staff Reporter

Published 11/07/2015

In a small corner of west Belfast, country life has come to town with the opening of a community-run mini-farm
In a small corner of west Belfast, country life has come to town with the opening of a community-run mini-farm
In a small corner of west Belfast, country life has come to town with the opening of a community-run mini-farm
In a small corner of west Belfast, country life has come to town with the opening of a community-run mini-farm
In a small corner of west Belfast, country life has come to town with the opening of a community-run mini-farm
In a small corner of west Belfast, country life has come to town with the opening of a community-run mini-farm

In a small corner of west Belfast, country life has come to town with the opening of a community-run mini-farm.

The St James's urban farm, located on a formerly empty plot at waste ground close to the Bog Meadows nature reserve, has become home to chickens, goats, lambs, rabbits and, most recently, a magnificent pig.

The portly porker has been nicknamed Fat Boy by local kids - and from our pictures you can easily see why.

A network of community volunteers look after the animals, and access to the farm is free for all.

Our pictures show (clockwise from top left) a community volunteer checking on the chickens; local lad Bobby Webb (2) offers a sheep a carrot treat; Eimear McGlone (12) and Tirana Hunter(12) groom the farm's guinea pigs; a goat gets its teeth into lunch, and Fat Boy the pig settles down for a snooze after a hard day's grunting.

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