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 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:




Courses at The Cart Shed for those still receiving distance learning opportunities look a little different at the moment. We have developed a few programmes we think will give you something interesting and enjoyable to do until you are able to return to our woods. 

These courses are run remotely, and you will need to engage for approximately 5 hours per week (one hour a day) through joining in with online discussion and teaching. Support from the team is by email, phone, text or WhatsApp, reading handouts or viewing videos, practical activity and completing weekly worksheets.

You will need to be able to take photos and email or WhatsApp them to tutors. To get the most out of these courses, you will need to be able to participate in the interactive private Facebook groups.



(When we're all allowed back in the woods again...) - 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