"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."
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 provide tailored therapeutic support in a woodland setting, helping those experiencing an imbalance in their lives to heal, learn new skills, find friendship and a future.
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 Kitchen 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.