Farm Yard animals are a perennial favourite with everyone, at the New Secret Garden Richmond , we have a wonderful selection of animals for you to enjoy. Our fully accessible animal pens contain goats, pigs, chickens, miniature ponies, ducks, rabbits, guinea pigs. And situated a short stroll away are the RDA Richmond Centre horses Surprise, Bella, Brughal, Kitty.
Our Farm Yard Animal sessions contain opportunity to learn about the animals thru a theory based powerpoint component, followed by the hands- on experience of interaction with the animals, feeding the animals, learning basic animal care and engaging with the animals in their environment.
If you like animals you may also be interested in our Saddle Club and RDA Richmond Centre experiences. See our website for further details about these activities.
Interactions with animals have been shown to decrease the perception of pain, lower blood pressure, promote care compliance, and minimize anxiety.
For children and adults with autism, studies have found that when animals such as dogs, cats, and even guinea pigs are present, they can experience less anxiety. Part of this lies in the fact that animals are non-judgmental, accept us for the way we are, and provide unconditional love.
For all of us but particularly those with anxiety or depression, animals can improve our mental well-being by reducing tension and improving mood, as well as being loving companions.