Youth Project at Fordhall

Who are we?

The Fordhall Youth Project works with small numbers of students who may be struggling to engage in a conventional education setting.

Outdoor activities have been proven to provide a valuable alternative to conventional education, offering non-competitive avenues for achievement and opportunities to develop independence and self-reliance.

This project is kindly part funded by the Big Lottery ‘Reaching Communities’ fund, BBC Children In Need, and part funded by the participating school.

The programme

Youth project attendees serving a home cooked meal they have made

Using agricultural and conservation activities, we help to develop participants' skills, confidence and self-esteem.

We assist each young person to find their own direction in life, and offer support in their career progression through the provision of AQA certification.

We build transferable skills through activities such as: conservation work, surveying, greenwood working, farm maintenance, growing, cooking, fencing and occasional livestock husbandry.

Working with no more than two students per leader, we help these young people to develop their abilities and prepare them for life after GCSEs.

How to apply

If you have students who can benefit from this service then please use the contact info below.

Funded by

lottery fund logoBBC children in need logo

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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