Care farms

What is care farming?

A care farm uses farming practices as part of a restorative healing treatment or therapy.

The care farm could be all or part of a farm and offer health, social or educational care services to vulnerable people.

Care Farming Code of Practice

Care Farming UK has set up a Code of Practice to give confidence about the quality of care farms. Those awarded the Code will be given the logo to use on their website and other written materials.

What do care farms offer?

  • The care of horses is a feature of a number of UK care farms. Some have horses as part of their work, while others are specifically equine therapy centres.
  • Less abled bodied people can learn new skills and develop new interests in a care farming environment.
  • Young people often benefit from the care farming environment, learning new skills such as taking on responsibility for animal welfare.
  • Care farms enable people with learning difficulties to experience the natural world in a new way.
  • Learning about food and where it comes from is one of the many educational benefits of care farms.

Those referred to a care farm will be offered a regular and structured programme of farming related activities such as:

  • Crop and vegetable production
  • Woodland management
  • Animal management – animal husbandry, small animals, livestock, poultry

How can I get a service?

Referrals are usually from social services, health care teams, education services and probation services but people can also be referred by family members of self-refer themselves.

Care farms cannot offer a free service and therefore a charge a fee for the programmes that they offer.

Where are they?

In and around Norfolk there are several care farms:

Clinks Care Farm
Clinks Farm, Toft Monks, NR34 OET
Telephone: 01502 679134
Email: doeke.dobma@clinkscarefarm.org

Edfords Care Farm
Hill Poultry Farm, Northrepps, NR27 9LG
Telephone: 01263 833919
Email: chris@edfordscarefarm.co.uk

Lingwood Care Farm
Dairy Farm, 41 Station Road, Lingwood, Norwich, NR13 4AZ
Telephone: 07946 610973
Email: sallymedler@hotmail.co.uk

Pathways Care Farm
Leonard Drive, Lowestoft, NR32 4WB
Telephone: 01502 531258
Email: geoff@pathways-care-farm.org.uk

Sunset Barn Care Farm
Sunset Barn, Brandon, IP27 9BY
Telephone: 07847 037622
Email: melaniepsmith@hotmail.co.uk

Thornage Hall – www.thornagehall.co.uk
Thornage, Holt, NR25 7QH
Telephone: 01263 860305
Email: office@thornagehall.co.uk

Willow Tree Farming – www.willowtreefarming.co.uk
Field Farm, Hillington, King’s Lynn, PE31 6DL
Telephone: 07786 853549
Email: info@willowtreefarming.co.uk

Find out more

If a Care Farm is listed in Care Farms UK in Find a Care Farm you will find more information about what they offer. 

Some of Care Farms have their own website, Facebook page or entry in the Norfolk Community Directory.

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Care Farming UK

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