Brian The Goat (who was one year old in June 2014) would love nothing more than a companion to help put a spring in his step this season, and he’s hoping that February will be his lucky month when St Valentine will shine upon him and provide him with a companion.
Brian came to live within the 6 acre Nature Trail at Coolings Green & Pleasant on Main Road in Knockholt last March.
Owner Paul Cooling said: “Brian is a fantastic goat – he’s friendly, charming and loves company. He’s also very handsome! He adores the visitors but we think he feels lonely when they go home. We’d love to find a companion for him. It’s the most natural thing in the world to have a companion. Things can’t go too far on the ‘romance’ front as Brian has been neutered, but that doesn’t stop him from being very affectionate!”
Brian is looking for love or friendship from a male or female goat.
Many of the animals on the Nature Trail are already paired up for Valentine’s – Ray The Goat is happy living with his best friend Harry, the pygmy goat. Benny and Frankie, the two pot bellied pigs love nothing more than snoozing together in the straw, and Barry and Larry, the two Angora goats are firm friends. Can you help find a companion for Brian? If so please contact Carol Cooling on 01959-534386.
Coolings Green & Pleasant is an eco-friendly premises set on the Main Road in Knockholt. There are plants, garden furniture and gifts on offer alongside Blueberry Café and the 6 acre Nature Trail, developed in 2006, which is now home to a host of animals including a colony of 30 wallabies, rare breed pigs, sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and geese.
Half Term activities at Coolings Green & Pleasant:
Half Term Children’s Activities
Help celebrate National Nest Box Week on Tuesday 17th February 2015 with a “Build a Bird Box workshop”. The hands on workshop at Coolings Green & Pleasant enables children to build a wooden bird box which they can take home and use in their own garden. The workshop is suitable for children aged 5+. Starts at 11am. Costs £9.99 per child. All materials and tools are provided. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Pre book in-store or by telephone: 01959-534386.
“Birdwatchers’ Breakfast” Wednesday 18th February 2015 – Be like the early bird and catch the worm this half term by joining the team at Coolings Green & Pleasant for an early morning ornithological walk around the Nature Trail. Then ‘tweet’ yourself to breakfast in Blueberry Cafè. £10 per person (price includes breakfast). Starts at 8am. Pre book in-store or by telephone: 01959-534386.
Quizzical about birds? Children’s Nature Trail Quiz runs from Saturday 14th February to Sunday 22nd February. Follow the trail and solve the clues. Answer 9 questions correctly and receive a prize. £2 entry per child.
A menagerie of animals living in harmony in the Kent countryside.
Coolings’ Nature Trail covers a 6-acre site at Coolings Green & Pleasant, recently shortlisted as the ‘Greenest Garden Centre’ in the Garden Retail Awards 2015.
Set within the grounds of Coolings Green & Pleasant on Main Road in Knockholt, this beautiful habitat is home to a resident colony of 30+ wallabies, as well as a site of interest for native plants and creatures.
The Nature Trail winds its way past plenty of local characters including Harry the pygmy goat and his larger friend Ray, Coolings famous Mangalitzas (otherwise knowns as the wooly pigs), Brian the Sanaan goat and Barry & Larry the Angora goats, Benny & Frankie the pot-bellied pigs, Kune Kune pigs, Oxford Sandy & Black pigs, sheep, a noisy family of chickens and geese, and a host of wildlife and birds.
The trail is accessible by bark pathways and takes visitors on a magical walk through the woodland to the many dens and huts dotted among the trees.
Blueberry Cafè serves hot and cold food and drinks, as well as children’s lunches and is situated within the architecturally impressive eco building.
The Nature Trail takes about 40 minutes to cover (at a moderate pace). The paths are buggy- and disabled scooter- accessible but the bark paths can become muddy after heavy rain and appropriate footwear is recommended.
The “Friends of the Nature Trail” scheme offers annual passes starting from just £7. Members of the scheme receive free monthly updates of Nature Trail news, and an exclusive invitation to attend a free seasonal guided tour of the Trail with an expert ranger four times a year.
Child (5 – 12 years) £7
Under 5’s FREE
Family (2 adults & up to 3 Children aged 5+) £35
You can still visit the Nature Trail even if you do not wish to become a member for the year, prices are as follows:
Day Ticket Prices (Non Members)
Child (5 – 12 years) £1.75
Under 5’s FREE
Family (2 adults & up to 3 Children aged 5+) £8.75
Coolings Green & Pleasant Opening Times
The Nature Trail is open every day except Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day and Easter Sunday. Last admission to the Nature Trail is 30 minutes before the store closes.
Monday – Saturday 9am – 5pm
Sunday 10am – 4.30pm