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

To book email info@thecartshed.co.uk or call 07796 421 373

"I am not one for mixing with people, but I have made some new friends and I wish the course would continue. It has helped me in so many ways and I don’t want it to end. I thank everyone who has helped me on this journey to my recovery!"

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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: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus


FAQ about our disntance learing whilst you are unable to visit our woods:

- how will you deliver the course - mainly FB & email plus phone

- what will you cover – A range of gardening skills and knowledge, to include some or all of - Vegetable Growing, Weeds,Growing in small spaces, Friends and Foes in the Garden, Plant Families, Companion Planting, Pests and Diseases. Plus topical Links to areas for further learning, for example - Plant diversity – link to International Day for Biological Diversity, Nice to Nettles week / National Vegetarian week

- will you supply any online learning materials, where will the participants find these? – Via Facebook, Google Drive links sent via email / other

- how can participants contact you – FB or email

- what happens if participants don’t have access to the internet – to be confirmed as this is an online course, but some learning materials could be available as ‘hard copy’.

- funding guidelines for each course – free to those eligible 



You will be given the opportunity to learn a range of horticultural skills, planting seeds, pricking out, bringing on plants to fruition as well as the opportunity to create plant supports and other garden items such as dibbers if your interests lean towards creating hand-crafted items.Pruning - Understand Why, When and How to prune a range of plant types including shrubs and trees.

Plant Propagation - Gain skills in propagation raising plants from seed and cuttings; fill your garden for less.

Weed control - Identify and control common weeds using a range of methods appropriate to the weed types.

Pest Control - Identify common pests and the damage that they can cause. Understand the available controls for these and how to use them safely.

Understanding soils - Test your soil. Understand different soil types and growing media and their effect on plant growth.

Health and Safety - Integral to all courses, learners will be made aware of and follow statutory Health & Safety requirements and risk assess when taking part in practical activities.

When we're not adhering to social distancing measures, 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. The course runs from 10am until 3 pm. 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 and Hereford can be arranged, please contact info@thecartshed.co.uk for further information. Please bring stout boots/wellies and suitable warm/weather proof clothing. 

The location at Devereux Wotton (HR4 8QN) has two polytunnels, several woodland shelters, a kitchen area, and a compost toilet.

The Cart Shed Charity is pleased to be able to offer the twelve Tuesday sessions free of charge to the Armed Forces Community* and to Herefordshire residents**.

*The Armed Forces Community is defined as :
  • Serving and Reservist Forces Personnel and their spouse/partners and children.
  • Ex-Service personnel/veterans and their spouse/partner and children
  • Widows and widowers
  • Cadet forces
 The Armed Forces encompass the Tri Service – Royal Navy, RAF and Army – and their respective Reservist force.

**For those that do not qualify for the course free of charge, there are subsidised rates available to Herefordshire residents over the age of 19 on 31st August 2019. 

The Cart Shed Charity is pleased to offer the programmes free of charge to:

Adults who are unemployed;

Adults who are care leavers;

Learners with a disability or learning difficulty including mental illness;



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