Brief History

"SO impressed. The kids made camp fire, reindeer and Christmas tree, played tag, walked in trenches and did fencing with sticks. My daughter is sensitive and was reluctant to go but she loved every minute. Thank you so much, we are so pleased we found you."

Karen P.

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The Cart Shed began life ‘down on the farm’ in 1998 when Patrick began to offer farm visits to schools and other groups. Inspired by the reactions of those who saw the land at work, Patrick began to explore additional opportunities. In 2009 he incorporated The Cart Shed as a Community Interest Company (a company with charitable purposes) and brought in Katie Eastaugh to help turn the vision into a reality. In 2011 Jenny Watts joined the team and offered the opportunity to expand our activities in her walled garden.

With such beautiful locations: farm, garden and woodland at our disposal, and the inspirational staff and volunteers who work for us we believe we live up to our mission statement:

To be the first choice provider of rural skills therapy in the West Midlands. To enhance the social integration, health and well-being of vulnerable and disadvantaged people in a beautiful, safe and supported environment.

In 2012 we added a monthly garden course, which was expanded and developed in 2013 as The Cart Shed Gardening Club. For 2015 we have created a new Horticultural site at Devereux Wootton thanks to funding from the Armed Forces Community Covenant, and over the coming year we will be developing and planting a new Physic Garden.

2015 saw significant expansion in what we offered including an increased range of courses many of which were funded by Herefordshire Council and by generous benefactors. 

Early in 2016 as part of Herefordshire Council's Adult Communtity Learning Provision we were inspected by Ofsted and we are pleased to be apart of this group of providers which were rated as 'good'. 

The Cart Shed became a Charity in July 2016. 

The Cart Shed works with the support of the following organisations:

Herefordshire Council Education & Skills Funding Agency Job Centre Plus Armed Forces Convenant community convenant European Social Fund