For much of the year, a large part of every day is spent outside. The garden at Elswick House has been designed with children in mind. With hidden paths, secret dens and lots of bushes to hide behind, it is a small childs paradise. There is a large lawned area for running and an enormous sand pit, with a wide paved surround, ideal for sand castles, the whole edged with scented, but indestructable, lavender bushes and shrubs. At the top of the garden is a climbing frame and a tree house, where the children can climb to pick apples from the tree.
Pets play an important part in the daily life of the children. We have guinea pigs, which live an ideal life in a small paddock. We also have quail, a rescue hedgehog called Spike, who now roams freely with her baby, Prickle, and six chickens. The children love helping to feed all the animals and, especially, collecting the eggs from the chickens and the quail.
Last summer we also had our very own pet emu, called Ernie. He was wonderful with the children and they loved him. Sadly Ernie is now fully grown and a bit too big to transport from his home in Lichfield. The good news though, is that Esme the Emu, who hatched in April, is now a regular visitor.
Exercise is essential for the growth of strong, healthy bodies, so we have a great variety of climbing equipment for the children to climb on, jump off, balance and crawl through and a large terrace for riding cars and bicycles.