INCREASED costs and the current economic climate have been blamed for the closure of one of the area’s leading tourist attractions.
Woodhouse Farm Park at Fridaybridge closed its doors to visitors this week with immediate effect.
Sadly the closure, announced on the park’s website means the loss of some 15 jobs, which owners Sam and Kim Flint said was the biggest blow of all having to make friends redundant.
The farm park opened five years ago and attracted more than 120,000 visitors in that time.
But soaring costs and the economic downturn have had their toll on the business and the Flints refused to pass on the extra costs to customers.
Mr Flint said they had made the decision to close with a ‘heavy heart’ and thanked everyone who had supported the business over the past five years.
He said the family would continue to look after the animals at the farm in Jew House Drove.
The attraction is usually closed to visitors from after the October half-term through November, December and January.