At Scrubditch we have a good number of laying hens, bantams and ducks, a small flock of Wiltshire Horn Ewes and we have kept Berkshire and Oxford Sandy and Black pigs. Students help with the lambing, feed and muck out all the animals, collect the eggs and carry out maintenance where needed.
We work in a poly tunnel producing salads, grow vegetables in outside raised beds and we planted a row of fruit trees in 2011. We sell our produce at the local market in Cirencester and cook with it at our end of term parties.
We have a covered yard which enables us to carry out larger projects away from the elements and a classroom/rest area where we plan our activities and discuss the progress of our various ongoing projects.
The Care Farm is a ‘day’ facility – we are open from 10am to 3pm during term times. We offer a ‘taster’ session for prospective students so they can try us out before they decide to sign up to coming regularly.
We also hold Open Days regularly alongside taking part in the national Open Farm Sunday scheme.
Scrubditch Care Farm is located between Woodmancote and North Cerney, four miles north of Cirencester; it is based on Scrubditch Farm which is a family run business with mainly sheep and cattle.
The care farm began in October 2010 and a variety of people have used our facilities and felt the benefits. We have regular weekly students, group visits and we run Holiday Activity Schemes for children of all abilities. We currently have spaces for more regular students to join our ranks and we're always open to ideas for further projects.
Scrubditch Care Farm is a registered charity, and the site is a secure and safe environment where our students feel at home. They work hard, and have a real sense of pride with their achievements at the end of each day. They look forward to their visit to the farm every week. The care farm grows with the students and offers rural vocational training which aims to build confidence and develop social and practical skills.
The care farm provides farming-based activities for adults and young people with learning difficulties, challenging behaviour, or mental health problems. Students partake in a variety of activities including working with animals, growing vegetables, fruit and flowers, cooking and learning basic woodworking skills.