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A New Warden at Shallowford

I’m sitting at my desk fully intending to write an amusing and informative article –  but it’s far too easy to ‘lift my eyes to the quiet hills’ and watch the clouds scudding through a blue sky. The birds are …

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Will goes up before the Judge

  Dear all, We finally got Will up before the judge! Well done to Johnny for setting in up, and who knows where it may lead. Useful too to see how relatively straightforward such an outreach exercise is. For the …

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Changes at Shallowford

  Having worked at Shallowford for many years now I have seen several changes but all for the good. Shallowford has always been, and still is, a place where you can find God in the centre of all things, a …

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City to Farm Sponsored Cycle 2019

It’s going to be a tough ride. Between 25-29 August 2019, up to 12 friends and supporters of the Shallowford Trust and Providence House Youth Club will cycle the 250 miles from Battersea to Dartmoor. We’re not asking you to …

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Looking ahead – the Cycle Ride is coming up!!!

Looking ahead – the Cycle Ride is coming up!!!

It is going to be a very busy year for the team with many more groups coming to enjoy the farm, learn from the animals and immerse themselves in the wild spaces around us. Please do keep an eye on …

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Easter visitors from Providence House helped in the Lambing Sheds

During April there were 450 ewes due to lamb at Broadaford farm. The two groups from Providence House worked hard in the lambing sheds every morning topping up the feed, water and straw, they witnessed that wonderful moment when the lambs are born, moved the young families out to the fields and generally marvelled at creation. A wonderful experience for us all.

This Easter we took a group of 8 very excited young people aged 9-12 years old who live and attend schools in Battersea, who are known members, regularly attend our junior clubs and community events held at Providence House.

We travelled to East Shallowford Farm for a 3 nights, 4 day residential visit, where they had the unique experience to live life on a working farm and to act as minivets at a neighbouring farm during lambing period. Providence House has extensive experience with such (challenging)children and have confidentially gained and maintained positive relationships. Staff can and do have positive influences which gives these children the opportunities and experiences that other institutions may shy away from. Children growing up in Battersea are given the opportunity to experience life in a natural environment away from the everyday trappings of shops, phones, TV and electronic games!

East Shallowford Farm provides a sense of home away from home, allowing the children to see beyond their own concrete jungle, a chance to think and breathe in a safe and tranquil place, away from noise pollution.

East Shallowford Farm has a positive impact on the health and well-being of those who come.  Children are free to explore their natural environments without fear. Brought up on convenience food, children realise what home cooking is and what is involved.  They appreciate where their food comes from.

Their learning comes under three headings: respect all things, keep each other safe, learn something new!  They reflected on each of these each day.

There are studies that suggest that children with autism, other spectrum disorders or ADHD can experience lowered blood pressure and better cognitive and communication gains when around animals. Children are more likely to be more active and willing to go outside more, while around animals and exposed to green spaces. Something which East Shallowford Farm will continue to provide.

On this Lambing trip residential, the children will leave knowing the importance of good nutritional management to a successful lambing season, what happens before and after the birth of lambs.

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John 1:3

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Registered office: East Shallowford Farm, Widecombe in the Moor, Newton Abbot, Devon TQ13 7PW
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