"The more I experience the Cart Shed, the more impressed I am by its entire ethos. It is obvious that everybody feels very much at home in the woods and are able to let their creativity flow while learning new skills."

A Participant

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We are supported by BBO (Building Better Opportunities) to deliver opportunities at The Cart Shed Charity CIO for 2019 - 2022. 

 BBO's funding will support projects in England that tackle poverty and promote social inclusion.  This project is funded by the European Social Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund.


Click here for the latest BBO prospectus.

Click here for the latest IN2 prospectus for Herefordshire. 

Please click here to download the referral form.


As you know, The Cart Shed Team never left post and was determined to carry on providing a service throughout the lock-down period to those who need- and rely on us, via new means of delivery utilising tools for distance learning. 


As part of our process to "Reawaken" the woods, we have been initially running woodland based courses for children of the active and veteran Armed Forces families, with great success.

Having worked tirelessly to make our sites Covid-ready, we are planning on starting our general adult programmes in September. 

Because we know coming back to the woods just yet is not an option for many we will be carrying on offering our phone based service Mon-Fri 9am-5pm to our participants, which is complemented by text messages, emails, WhatsApp conversations and dedicated Facebook groups for particular courses. 

For your information, please read our policies: 

Safeguarding Adults

Safeguarding Children

Covid 19 - Expectations when returning to the woods

Upon request also available are: GDPR, Complaints, Equal Opportunities, Behaviour Protocols

To read about the Government's guidance regarding Covid-19 please visit:



basket making

Having been referred to The Cart Shed, all new participants will be given the opportunity to visit the site and meet one of our BBO programme managers.

During your visit you will get a flavour of what is on offer at The Cart Shed and you will then be able to enroll on our BBO programme. 

There are a range of practical skills you may learn whilst with us such as making a simple coppice craft item: a spoon or spatula for use in your kitchen, a butter knife or a simple basket woven from willow. Perhaps try your hand at one of our more involved projects and learn how to make a chair or another small piece of furniture. 

sawing  axe

When on the BBO programme you will receive support from our trained staff to explore your goals and design a programme to suit your needs. This could include options such as:

  • 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.
  • 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 aged 19+.

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 Jackson Property