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Tickwood Care Farm

Tickwood Care Farm

Tickwood Care Farm is a community resource primarily for children with special needs. Located on Wenlock Edge in Shropshire, the working farm spreads over 400 acres of woodland, fields and streams which provide a wealth of opportunities for children and those with special needs to connect to their natural world and in the process build skills and confidence. More than 350 disabled or disadvantaged children visit Tickwood each week. From its commercial grade kitchen in which children can learn to make jams and chutneys or anything they wish with the produce they harvest from the walled garden, to sheltered forest school sites and a wheel-chair accessible zip wire, Tickwood is constantly evolving and expanding to create meaningful connections for the children. It is a place in constant motion, open to new ideas and experimentation in the service of providing the children a place to find fun, wonder, discovery and growth.


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  • Car parking
  • Covered space
  • Disabled toilets
  • Hand washing facilities
  • Toilets
  • Wheelchair access

7 different forest school/bushcraft sites, walled kitchen and Sensory gardens, commercial standard kitchen, Log cabin, Zip wire(wheelchair friendly), rope bridge, moving platform and low ropes all in the woods. 1km of woodland walk, wheelchair accessible, fossils, river frontage (even an island in the river Severn), stream, crayfish ponds, fruit pressing room. There can access to the sheep flock at lambing or shearing etc or working with the Pedigree Herefords.


We prefer to establish relationships with schools that come, most come weekly and contribute to the maintenance of the care farm. We do have less frequent visits but we like to understand what they are looking for from a visit and then build together something that is quid pro quo ( the aim is to create a positive spiral to benefit everyone who comes) and the precursor to a longer term relationship.

What we can offer

  • Conservation and site maintenance skills
  • Cooking
  • Food preparation
  • Forest Schools
  • Growing crops and vegetables
  • Pre-visit information available
  • Provision of materials/equipment/livestock
  • Risk assessment
  • Self-guided activities
  • Tailored programmes
  • Working with livestock (e.g. feeding, milking, egg collecting, daily maintenance, grooming (where appropriate))
  • Woodworking

Care Farms / Green Care Services

Related services:

  • Alternative provision
  • Qualifications
  • Skills provision
  • Care farming or green care services for SEND
  • Care farming or green care as part of Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)
  • One to one support
  • Holiday provision
  • Family group provision
  • Residential
Care Farm

Are you a teacher and know a child with SEND? They could benefit from accessing a Care Farm.

Care Farms provide supervised, structured educational programmes of farming related activities for young people to support those struggling in school, help those with disability, behavioural challenges and improve mental health and wellbeing.

Find out more


Care Farming Code of Practice Site
Other Accreditations

Care Farming UK Code of Practice

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