Armed Forces

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FREE for Armed Forces members, veterans and their family members.

To book email or call 07796 421 373

"RURAL SKILLS THERAPY - I really enjoyed the Coppice Products Course. It gave me so much confidence and fulfilment. I would like to further these skills and take them in to a working environment as quickly as possible."


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Our Veteran programme offers a range of courses, activities and work experience in coppicing, coppice crafts, hedging/fencing and horticulture. 

Practical sessions are designed to give you skills and help you 'Move on' to new opportunities. 

Therapeutic support is also available to help you or your partner develop a range of practical skills to enable you to manage issues you may be facing. 

Courses run Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 10am to 3pm at our woodland sites. A supported health walk is available every Monday. 


Chris Bailey

Chris Bailey - Veteran Mentor

Main office: 01544 318 231

"My name is Chris Bailey, I served just under 8 years in the RAF Regiment spending 6 years of this on 2 squadron. I served 2 operational tours in Iraq and also spent a month in the jungle of Belize.

I was seriously injured in Iraq whilst on my second tour which led to me being medically discharged, and embarking on the difficult and fragmatic transition to civiy street.

I have overcome both physical and mental injuries, marriage breakdown and temporary homelessness, so I understand how difficult it is to reach out for support and help.

I firmly believe in the power of outdoor therapy and pursuits, and can personally say it is this that has got me to the point I am now."


You can choose from a range of coppice craft, woodland skills and horticulture options. Please click here to see our current courses

Objectives for individuals include:

  • Overcoming issues relating to transition into the civilian community.
    • Opportunities to learn new skills, gain qualifications, progression towards volunteering and employment.
  • Health issues, particularly mental health issues as a result of trauma.
    • Support from The Cart Shed team offering a safe supportive environment to address issues. 
  • Support for partners struggling to integrate
    • A programme of enjoyable activities, opportunities to meet new people and try something new.
  • Support for young people finding issues relating to being the child of a serving member of the armed forces. 
    • A programme of enjoyable activities, opportunities to meet new people and try something new. 


This service is free. If you are interested you are welcome to refer yourself directly to The Cart Shed by telephone or letter. It is equally possible to be referred by your GP, should you wish. 

The Armed Forces encompass the Tri-Service – Royal Navy, RAF and Army – and their respective Reservist force.


"The Cart Shed is an amazing place to be. It immediately helps you to relax which I think is due to the environment and the caring nature of the people who run it. I’m sure having Veterans on the site has been a learning experience for all concerned but the course tutors and volunteers have all been amazing and have certainly made a difference to both our lives. I too cannot wait for the days my partner attends as it gives me some time off from PTSD and I know he is going to be enjoying whatever it is he’s doing that day"!

This project has been made possible by funding from the The Royal British Legion External Grants Fund. 


Provisional dates: Wednesday sessions: 8th and 15th February (2 weeks); Wednesday sessions: 1st March - 5th April (6 weeks); Wednesday sessions: 12th and 19th April (2 weeks); Wednesday sessions: 3rd and 10th May (2 weeks); Wednesday sessions: 17th May.

FREE for Armed Forces members, veterans and their family members. - FREE for Herefordshire residents subject to eligibility. Otherwise £65/day. Please see description for details.

To book email or call 07796 421 373


Learn a range of horticultural skills which can be applied in practical situations. Courses will vary according to the season.

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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