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

"Fantastic course. Really pleased with the outcome, the end result is better than I originally thought. This course has also triggered off events we can extend throughout our centre and involve clients, staff and the wide community."

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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.

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.



Courses at The Cart Shed

Monday 1st June to Friday 31st July 2020

Information for Learners


Courses at The Cart Shed look a little different at the moment, as we are not in the woods. However, we have developed a few programmes we think will give you something interesting and enjoyable to do over the next few weeks. 

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.

1.         Patterns in Nature and Wellbeing, 3 weeks, Mon 1st – Fri 19th June.

A course that looks at the patterns that occur all around us in nature, our responses to them and how they can be used to identify plants and animals.

2.         Patterns in Nature and Wellbeing WFL, 3 weeks, Mon 1st – Fri 19th June.

A course that looks at the patterns that occur all around us in nature with weekly tasks for the whole family.

3.         Golden Ratio, 3 weeks Tues 2nd – Fri 19th June.

This course will link the “Take Notice” element of the 5 ways to well-being, with learning about and looking for examples on the golden ratio. 

4.         Woven Star B, 2 weeks, Tues 9th – Fri 19th June.

This course will link the “keep learning” element of the 5 ways to well-being, with creating a simple woven star using willow and rush.

5.         Horticulture and Wellbeing B, How Does Your Garden Grow, 6 weeks, Mon 22nd June – Fri31st July. Seasonal learning based on the participants levels of skill and linking the 5 Ways of Wellbeing with Horticultural activities

6.         Horticulture and Wellbeing WFL B, How Does Your Garden Grow, 6 weeks, Mon 22nd June –Fri 31st July.

Seasonal learning based on the participants levels of skill with weekly Horticultural activities for the whole family.

7.         Simple Willow Projects and Wellbeing, 6 weeks, Tues 23rd June – Fri 31st July.

An opportunity to try your hand at a range of simple willow craft projects such as a fish shaped pot stand or a spiral pen holder, as well as learning or developing knowledge about the 5 Ways to Wellbeing. 

8.         Mindful Sculpture and Wellbeing B, 6 weeks, Tues 23rd June – Fri 31st July.

This course will link the “mindfulness” of creating a simple wooden sculpture to learn about the pleasure and skill of working with wood

 All courses will include elements of the 5 ways to well-being and how they can support you, particularly during emotionally difficult times.


(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