"The Cart Shed saved my life – just coming here and mixing with people. People here normally have similar issues as everyone else. There should be more funding for this project and similar."

A Participant

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We are supported by BBO (Building Better Opportunities) to deliver opportunities at The Cart Shed Charity CIO for 2018 - 2019. 

 BBO's funding will support projects in England that tackle poverty and promote social inclusion.  BBO is funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery, through the Big Lottery Fund.

Having been referred to or having visited The Cart Shed, all new participants (and often returning participants) will be offered a one day session; a Day In The Woods or a Day In The Kitchen Garden. These single day sessions are about relaxing in The Cart Shed (TCS) environment, getting a flavour of what is on offer through TCS and deciding if you would like to commit to coming on a taster course (usually 3 weeks) or longer programme in either (or both) Coppice Skills or Horticulture.

Coppice Skills Taster 

An opportunity to try your hand at making a simple coppice craft item. You could make a spoon or spatula for use in your kitchen, a butter knife or a simple basket woven from willow.

Horticulture Taster

Join us at our polytunnels to get involved with the seasonal tasks of a productive kitchen garden.

Continued Progression through The Cart Shed Programme

During your attendance on a taster course you will receive support from our trained staff to explore your goals and design a continuing programme to suit your needs. This could include options such as:

  • Developing more advanced green woodworking skills.
  • Learning about and developing practical skills in coppicing.
  • Developing strategies for maintaining and improving your health and wellbeing.
  • Receiving support towards achieving short and long term goals.
  • Skills and support towards becoming a volunteer.
  • Safe tool use and sharpening skills.
  • Horticulture skills, such as pruning, weed control, seed sowing or growing from cuttings.
  • Exploring local walks.

Throughout your time at The Cart Shed, you will also receive professional support to understand, address and overcome any issues you face to help your progression. This progression could be:

  • identifying and engaging with other suitable services;
  • moving into volunteering;
  • identifying and developing employment opportunities.

If you are interested in attending The Cart Shed please email our referral form to or post to The Cart Shed Charity CIO, Devereux Wootton Farm, Norton Canon, Herefordshire HR4 8QN. 

If you would rather discuss your options first, please phone 01544 318 231 or email

Our activities are tailored to an individual’s needs with participants choosing from a range of projects, working at their chosen pace in a friendly nurturing environment.

Our days begin at 10am with circle time around the camp fire cup of tea in hand. Participants then begin their activities meeting again at lunchtime for a home grown, home cooked lunch prepared and cooked in the woods by our volunteers, following the afternoon session the day ends with circle time at 3pm.

These weekly sessions are suitable for a range of individuals; adults who may be struggling to cope with the pressures of life, or those who, now retired, want the companionship of others in a stimulating environment. We also take students directly from schools or who are on the Live and Learn program.


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

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