“farm visits for those with more complex needs”
We work with those in the community who are struggling in some way; with their mental health, a disability, or a challenging diagnosis.
For the children we hope to give them a sense of freedom and wellbeing, incorporating plenty of heavy muscle work and regular breaks and where possible, embracing any therapy into their personal plan. We work with the child’s support network, to enable them to benefit fully from their visit to the farm. A series of visits can be booked and activities tailored to the child’s specific needs.
These visits can be organised for an individual child
The adult’s side of the project is in its infancy, with many diverse ideas and a group of keen beans offering their skills.
Using the farm’s resources we can offer walks up on to the heathland, around the ponds and woodland, with easy access paths to much of it.
There are lots of gardening opportunities, we have created a stumpery, wild gardens, woodland areas, orchards, and formal gardens, and a sensory garden is planned.
Skills to be learnt include bee keeping, thatching, painting and felt making. (these can only run with a minimum uptake – dates and costs to be confirmed)
We believe that the best way to help yourself feel positive is by helping others and with this in mind we have tasks to prepare for the children’s visits:
Preparing the flowerbeds for the kids to plant
Creating and collecting the components for the kids’ arts and craft sessions
Setting up and maintaining the farm museum
We have a comfy area in the Wagonhouse, and the Top Yard, where folk can go for a quiet moment, or a chat and a cuppa.
Everything on offer for the school visits, can be tweaked for the adults to enjoy