Care Farming at Fordhall

Experienced staff

Skill building

Supportive atmosphere

Confidence growing

What is a Care Farm? A Care Farm provides health, social and educational care services through supervised, structured programmes of farming-related activities for a wide range of vulnerable people (Care Farming UK). At Fordhall we provide a day care service for individuals with learning disabilities.‍



per night

Care farm attendees decorating mini cottage in community garden.

The Community Garden

Funding from the Big Lottery Local Food programme created four raised beds and an orchard to be used as a community resource in 2008 – this area became our Community Garden!

When this funding came to an end, this project developed into a sustainable Care Farm, funded through individuals’ personal budgets. The Care Farm attendees, or volunteer workers as they like to be called, do a wonderful job of maintaining and caring for this area of the farm, which is open and accessible to all on our farm trails.

Our Care Farm

Volunteer and handmade bike park sign

The Care Farm at Fordhall has grown out of a project where growing food was a means to growing and enabling people; engaging them in learning skills that would encourage them to make healthier choices about how to eat more healthily by growing more of their own food.  

At Fordhall we are able to offer a wide variety of opportunities for adults with learning disabilities who wish to experience working outside in a range of settings. These experiences provide long lasting benefits, over and above those that can be delivered in a 'day care centre' setting.

They really are a part of the Fordhall family, having the opportunity to get involved with visiting schools and families – developing their confidence, communication skills, self-esteem and a sense of place and belonging within the community.

We offer a complete care service, with full supervision from our fully trained and experienced staff.

What activities are our Care Farm involved in?

  • Growing a wide variety of fruits and vegetables in the Community Garden, and if there is a surplus, making jams, chutney or pickles.
  • Cooking and eating outside wherever possible!
  • Cooking soups and stews over a campfire, and pizzas in the clay oven.
  • Selling produce in Arthur’s Farm Kitchen and the profits help go back into the project.
  • Regular walks on the farm, taking time out just to sit and enjoy the view.
  • Feeding the pigs, taking them fallen apples to eat.
  • Feeding the birds in the community garden, outside Arthur's Farm Kitchen and in the woods to help look after native wildlife.
  • Looking after the beds outside the tearoom and the yurts where people come to glamp.

Care farm attendees with harvested apples

Care farm attendees outside the poly tunnel selling plants

Care farm attendees standing with their tree nursery saplings

Care farm attendees packing Christmas dinners for the local food bank

Things to do during your stay


You will be left to your own devices during your stay, and are free to explore our picturesque organic farm. We have farm trails weaving around the farm, which will take you around our pastures, woodland and along the river. Why not say hello to some of our friendly animals as you explore?

Our organic Farm Shop is a short walk away, where you can purchase delicious local produce to prepare in the yurts. We can also provide you with a hamper of your favourite goodies to make your stay stress- and decision-free – just let us know when you book.

Our yurts are designed to help you reconnect with nature, your loved ones and yourself. They are well and truly off-grid. For this reason we have no Wi-Fi facilities at the yurts. There are electricity sockets available for use at the farm in the main building, but with the Shropshire Hills as your playground, this is the perfect place to switch off!

The nature of our yurts and surroundings lends itself perfectly to families that home educate; there are so many new experiences you can enjoy with your children whilst they learn about the natural world first hand.

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