Former College learners open their new business

Ddraig Valley Farm Park opens to visitors on Easter weekend

A new visitor attraction in Bridgend County Borough will officially open its doors on 15 April 2017, just in time for the Easter holidays!

Ddraig Valley Farm Park has been set-up by former Bridgend College students, Geraint Robson and Caitlyn Corless and is located on the grounds of Pencoed Campus. The attraction offers a unique mix of farm animals including chickens and goats, reptiles such as tortoises and iguanas and birds including chickens and quail offering visitors a chance to get up close to some interesting and unusual wildlife.

Ddraig Valley will open its doors to the public at 11:30am, offering free return visits during the Easter holidays for families to enjoy. Visitors will also be treated to an Easter egg hunt around the park and other planned activities to keep younger ones entertained including a colouring in tent and make your own seed bombs.

Park owners, Geraint and Caitlyn said: “We are really excited about opening our new park to the public next month! We’ve spent a long time in the planning phase for our new venture and we are thrilled that our dream is finally going to become a reality!

“We’ve had great support from the College, especially from our mentor, Entrepreneurship Officer, Ruth Rowe, who has given us invaluable advice and guidance at every stage of our project. We have also been fortunate to win some great competitions and awards incIuding ‘Business Student of the Year’ at the Bridgend Business Forum Awards and winners of the Bridgend Test Town 2015 competition, which resulted in us representing Wales in the UK finals of Test town UK and just recently winning “Overall Best Business” at Big Ideas Wales Celebrated.

“All this support has let us to work local design agency and fellow Bridgend Business Forum members United Graphic Design who have worked with us to develop all our branding and marketing materials.”

“We’ve had a fantastic journey so far, and we’re looking forward to an even more exciting time, welcoming all our new visitors to the park to help share our love of unique animals.”

After seeing their stall at the Test Town Youth Enterprise Market in November 2015, Bridgend College Principal & CEO, Simon Pirotte, was delighted to support Geraint and Caitlyn by allowing them to realise their vision for Ddraig Valley Farm Park on the Pencoed Campus.

Having both studied the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Animal Management, Geraint then progressed to the HND Environmental Conservation Management and Caitlyn to the HND Animal Studies at Bridgend College.

To find out more about the park and for visitor information, visit: http://www.ddraigvalley.co.uk/