Beloved animal farm closes after 14 years
A well-known and loved animal farm in Yelverton has this week shut its doors.
For more than 14 years, Wonky Windmill Farm and Eco Park has provided an authentic farm experience to locals and visitors, but an urge for a simpler life has seen the owners give up the property.
Director Michelle Fleming said the decision to sell the business was hard.
“We’ve worked seven days a week for nearly 14 years and now as we get a bit older we are looking for a slower paced life with less commitment,” she said.
The farm first emerged when Ms Fleming’s father Kerry Clarke recognised a need for a family-based activity in the wine and food-focused Margaret River Region.
Dedication and a united family effort were the driving forces behind the attraction, which has become a popular attraction for the area.
Ms Fleming said most of the animals were rehomed to loving owners this week.
“They have either gone to local farms, like Sunflower Animal Farm or Kerriley Park FarmStay, and some as far as Bunbury,” she said.
Ms Fleming and husband Ian said they would miss meeting “all the nice people” and the generosity received over the years.
“We will miss seeing people get such great joy out of the animals and our staff,” she said.
Wonky Windmill Farm & Eco Park closed on Monday and will no longer accept visitors.
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