Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation is investing more than £1 million in Standalone Farm as it seeks to make it an all-year attraction.

The farm already welcomes more than 80,000 people each year, but it is only open between February and October.

Now, the Heritage Foundation is aiming to turn it into a year-round destination by 2024.

Work is beginning on an expansion to the current car parking facilities at the farm, with the adjacent Greenway car-park now closed.

The Comet: Standalone Farm attracts more than 80,000 visitors each yearStandalone Farm attracts more than 80,000 visitors each year (Image: Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation)

The current overflow car park is being redesigned with a grid flooring system to enable use, even in the winter. Additional car parking spaces will be created, and walkways and access paths will be improved.

£150,000 has been invested within the farm itself, with new outdoor play equipment installed. The existing park area has been expanded, and will be open to the public when the farm reopens next month.

The Comet: A new outdoor play area has been installed at the FarmA new outdoor play area has been installed at the Farm (Image: Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation)

Investment is also coming in a joint project with Central Bedfordshire Council to build new flood resilience measures around Pix Brook.

The river runs through Standalone Farm and is prone to flooding - the project is designed to reduce this and lessen the impact of heavy rainfall.

Standalone Farm will be the educational hub for that project, with investment from the Heritage Foundation enabling it to offer interactive activities and information for schools and families.

Jason Valentine, venues manager at the Heritage Foundation, said: “The team at the farm have worked really hard to create a strategy to make major improvements to our visitor experience.

"We want Standalone Farm to stay at the top of visitors to do lists when they’re in the area, and for that to happen, we need to keep moving and reinvesting.

"I’m thrilled that we’re able to make these improvements and continue to work on your farm – I can’t wait to welcome you in the new year.”

The Comet: Standalone Farm is popular with families and schoolsStandalone Farm is popular with families and schools (Image: Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation)

Graham Fisher, chief executive of the Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation, added: “The Heritage Foundation has clear charitable objectives, including improving wellbeing in Letchworth, and focussing on improving education and learning and the environment.

"This investment goes right to the heart of these objectives and will have a really positive impact on the Garden City and its residents.

"We are confident that the outcomes of this investment will improve the life of countless residents of Letchworth Garden City, and that it’s the right thing for the town."