Conservation Farming and Education

Greenwich Wood

Greenwich wood is let to an educational trust called Ruskin Mill Trust based at  Glasshouse college in Stourbridge.

Ruskin Mill Trust is a leading independent provider of specialist care and education for young people and adults with learning and complex co-morbid needs including autism / ASD, Asperger syndrome, behavioural, social and emotional difficulties, mental health problems, self-harm, epilepsy, dyspraxia and other special educational needs (SEN).

The Trust offers the Integrated Learning for Living and Work Programme which uses the Practical Skills Therapeutic Education curriculum to support students to develop personal, social vocational and independent living skills, through a range of practical land and craft activities.

The centre at Greenwich Woodland creates opportunities for green woodworking, iron age forging, clay and pottery workshops, bow making and archery.

Hay Farm Project

Based on the the Four Ashes Estate, the Hay Farm Project is a rural initiative in an outdoor education and work experience for young adults with complex learning needs to gain life skills, independence and confidence.

The students get involved in daily real life activities including

  • gardening,
  • food crop growing,
  • care and rearing of farm animals,
  • countryside care,
  • tree and hedge maintenance,
  • fuel wood planting, sourcing and processing,
  • bee keeping,
  • and bread baking.

The project provides support and encouragement developing social and life skills as well as literacy and numeracy skills. Regular reviews are held to evaluate progress and the project has BTEC Foundation learning accreditation support.

The Hay Farm students have opportunities to attend part time to complement other studies, learning plans and activities and the project works closely with Glasshouse College, part of the Ruskin Mill Trust. Hay Farm works in partnership with the Model Farm Society.

Find out more at The Hay Farm Project and find out why Four Ashes Estate is delighted to support this valuable initiative.