Roves Farm was devastated by a major fire on 9 May with the visitor centre barns destroyed.
Thankfully all the animals and no humans were injured.
The Roves Farm’s web site describes how the disaster occurred:
"The fire has completely gutted our tearoom, toilets, reception barn and the seating/pedal tractor room, we regret that we shall be unable to re-open for a few days!
"Although these are early days, we very much hope to be able to open with ‘modest’ facilities within a month. All of our play areas (indoor and outside), the bale stack and animal pens remain unaffected so will be available, along with tractor rides, crafts and animal racing as soon as we can organize reception, catering and toiletry facilities.
"For those of you interested in knowing how the fire started, it began when the SSE (Scottish & Southern Electricity) fuses on the in-coming mains overheated and set fire to the wood panel that they were mounted on. When we saw smoke coming from this area, we extinguished the initial smouldering ourselves, using our own carbon dioxide extinguishes and called SSE and the Fire Brigade.
"The Fire Brigade were here within minutes, but were unable to operate their water based systems until the electrical power could be turned off. Astonishingly, SSE took nearly 3 hours to arrive (having eventually sent a team from Melksham!) by which time the buildings had been destroyed.
"We would like to thank everybody for their continual support and kind words. For more up to date information please follow us on Facebook or subscribe to our newsletter."
Owner Rupert Burr and his family, staff and volunteers have built up a huge following for Roves Farm over the last 20 years, offering the public the chance to visit a real working farm situated on 166 hectares three miles north east of Swindon near Highworth.
It offered a wide range of attractions for all ages, from feeding and handling animals, indoor and outdoor play areas including a bouncy castle, a bale stack and an under 5s play space. The tea room was also very popular as a respite from busy activity in the visitor barns and trips around the fields on a trailer pulled by a tractor.
Despite the wet weather in April and May, Roves Farm was set to enjoy another very busy summer season.
For updates see www.rovesfarm.co.uk
In a statement on 9 May Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service report:
"Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service on 9 May dealt with a severe fire at the Roves Farm visitor centre in Sevenhampton, near Highworth.
"Crews were called to the scene shortly after midday, with fire engines sent from Stratton (two), Swindon (two), Westlea and Cricklade. Also in attendance were water carriers from Ramsbury and Royal Wootton Bassett, an incident command vehicle from Devizes and the aerial appliance from Swindon.
"The fire caused serious damage to one part of the visitor centre, although firefighters used three hose reel jets and three main jets to successfully save the majority of the complex. Nobody was hurt in the incident, and none of the animals were affected.
"Extra care had to be taken as the roof of the affected building was made of asbestos.
"An investigation is now underway to establish the cause of the blaze, although there are no suspicious circumstances."