People moving on from Homelessness
We have residents in the farmhouse who are moving on from homelessness. We are partnering with other charities to increase the provision of farm activities for other visitors who are affected by homelessness, but do not live at the farm.
People with Disabilities
We are working to improve the accessibility of the farm for everyone, and our new building will greatly increase our ability to work with non-resident visitors with alternative abilities.
People living with Dementia
We are working with local groups who support those living with dementia. Visits to the farm generate a lot of laughter and chat as our animals interact with visitors and trigger memories and create happy moments.
We have planning permission for a new building – to replace our temporary shed that we use as our centre. The building will provide a wonderful central space for all our activities, will have a kitchen, offices, disabled toilets, relaxing space. It will create a heart to the farm and will allow our work to further develop.
What does this mean for us?
The potential to provide better facilities for our current users and to open up access to the farm to other community users, particularly those living with dementia, disabled visitors and those moving on from homelessness.
The new barn style building proposal of 182 sqm, built in a traditional style, with timber clad walls and traditional tiled roof, is to replace an existing timber hut, located to the north of the existing farmhouse and courtyard.
We take our conservation responsibility very seriously. We have planted over 3 km of hedges which are now flourishing. We teach hedge laying as a rural craft. We are planting wildflower seeds across some of the farm fields to encourage plant diversity and support insect and bird diversity. We do regular bird counts across the farm. We have photography hides for photographing wildlife, particularly foxes who are often seen on the farm – to find out more click here.
We have an exciting bee project, with 8 hives protected by a dead hedge. The bees are looked after by volunteers and some of our students. We produce beautiful ECF honey.