In pictures: Remembering the Southwick Village Farm of the past

Picture from 1988: Pupils from Monwearmouth Comprehensive needed at least 400 to buy a cow which will be flown to Africa as part of the Send a Cow to Africa scheme. Mark Watson and Fiona Parkin, both 12, with Clover the Jersey Cow and Peter Kimmitt, manager of Southwick Village Farm.
Picture from 1988: Pupils from Monwearmouth Comprehensive needed at least 400 to buy a cow which will be flown to Africa as part of the Send a Cow to Africa scheme. Mark Watson and Fiona Parkin, both 12, with Clover the Jersey Cow and Peter Kimmitt, manager of Southwick Village Farm.
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As Southwick Farm prepares to reopen under a new team, we look back at the Southwick Village Farm in the days before it closed.

The farm originally opened more than four decades ago on reclaimed wasteland, and became a popular school trip destination.

We've pulled together some pictures from its past.

Children and adults alike loved the farm and its animals, which included cows, pigs, sheep, goats ducks and geese

But the farm ran into difficulties in the late 1990s, hit by vandalism, burglaries and funding problems.

Now it's being brought back by training organisation Springboard to use for educational programmes and community development activities.

What are your memories of Southwick Village Farm?