Courses - ACL funded

There are a range of distance learning options available through The Cart Shed during lock down

FREE subject to eligibility - please get in touch for further details.

To book email or call 07796 421 373

"A big part of my fears about coming here was to be able to feel safe and not under pressure and immediately found that those fears were resolved so I could enjoy the course."

A Participant

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The Cart shed courses

We are working in partnership with Herefordshire Council to deliver adult and community learning courses funded by a contract with the ESFA.


As a result of advice from government advisors, The Cart Shed Charity will be suspending its daily woodland activities until further notice.

We are offering a phone based service Mon-Fri 9am-5pm to our participants, which is complemented by text messages, emails, WhatsApp converstions and dedicated Facebook groups for particular courses. Our fantastic team of dedicated staff is rising to the challenge this pandemic presents and has created an entirely new service to support our participants, volunteers and each other.

We are facing an unprecedented crisis as a country because of Covid-19 and sadly for some there will be the trauma of saying goodbye to a close family member or a friend.

Many of us are living with fear or anxiety – do not stay alone with your worries or grief. We will do our best to be with you, so stay in touch or get in touch.  

We hope to extend this offer to the wider community before too long.

Stay safe, stay well and stay connected. 

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


(When not adhering to social distancing measures) - What will you find at The Cart Shed?

Having been referred to or having visited The Cart Shed, all new participants (and often returning participants) will be offered a one-day taster session. On the Woodland Taster you can find out about the range of learning opportunities available at the Cart Shed to see if it is appropriate, without the need to commit to a longer course. Participants will be able to explore the site, go on a woodland walk and/or receive an introduction to basic green woodwork or willow-work techniques.

An important part of coming on a taster day is to explore the learning opportunities coming up throughout the year at The Cart Shed to see if there are interesting and appropriate courses for you to develop your skills, knowledge and wellbeing.

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

In 2020, we will be running many of our usual green woodworking, basket making, gardening and coppicing courses. These courses are an opportunity to learn new skills or improve on old skills, whilst gaining all the wellbeing benefits of being in the outdoors in our safe and supportive learning environment. Many of our courses will also include additional sessions on a range of topics to support you in better managing your own wellbeing or to progress into other opportunities, such as

The 5 Ways to Wellbeing,

  • volunteering skills,
  • woodland knowledge,
  • music in the woods,
  • personal financial management or
  • time management.

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

Opportunities at The Cart Shed are supported by a range of organisations.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. 

Tools, materials, hot drinks and scrumptious lunch - cooked on site over an open fire! - are provided. The location has several woodland shelters, a kitchen area, and a compost toilet.

Hot lunch costs £2.50 which is payable on the day - a nutritious vegetable stew made with veggies from the Organic walled garden and sausages.

Transport from Leominster, Hereford and Kington can be arranged, please contact for further information.

Please bring stout boots/wellies and suitable warm/weather proof clothing. 

The Cart Shed has an extensive policy handbook including a Safeguarding Policy, which is available on request. All members of staff and volunteers have enhanced DBS (CRB) clearance to work with vulnerable adults and children.

Herefordshire Council

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