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City to Farm 2019 – Help Us Meet Our Target

City to Farm 2019 – Help Us Meet Our Target

10 riders will be cycling from Providence House to East Shallowford Farm between 25-29th August 2019. We are raising funds to help continue the vital work of these 2 amazing charities. Please give generously by clicking here. Or by clicking the …

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Wonderful Summer

Wonderful Summer

As the schools planned for their end of year activities, Shallowford provided the magic that would carry them through the summer and beyond. To different age groups, Shallowford provides different things. However, the magic tends to fall into one of …

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Thank you to our Amazing Volunteers

Thank you to our Amazing Volunteers

The summer has continued with many groups, day visitors, amazing volunteers (Big Hannah has worked miracles to keep us neat and tidy whilst entertaining and myriad of small people), whilst Small Hannah re-arranged the chirping chicks which are growing at …

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History Revealed

History Revealed

The Caravan was not the only historic entity to vanish over the weekend. So did one of the stables once built by Malcolm (then a young lad from Battersea, now a trustee living in Plymouth). This project has exposed a …

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Bins for Food, Bins for Muck

Bins for Food, Bins for Muck

In between our core business, Will Dracup has been busy making sure we remain efficient and up to quality agricultural standards. With help from a local building firm, two bins were moulded from cement, to hold the pig muck and …

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The Vision

Children in the rain at ShallowfordFeeding the pigs, helping a sheep when lambing, walking across the most beautiful moorland, sheltering from a blizzard, making a trip to the Devon Coast – how many children in inner cities have experienced these? Our vision is about making the difference to young people’s lives by sharing with them the reality of a Dartmoor Farm. To provide a safe and caring environment where they can explore their personal boundaries.

We aim to be a residential resource for many different types of groups – youth groups such as Providence House (our partner Trust in Battersea), school age groups, children with special needs, young people who are looking to re-orientate their lives. Connecting people with where their food comes from and the importance of the natural environment; the world of butterflies and orchids on the banks of the West Webburn, and not in a hot-house in a city. Getting muddy boots, rising early in the morning to let the chickens out and collect the eggs, helping to mend a broken gate, moving the sheep from one field to another.  But above all allowing the sense of God’s wonderful creation to inspire them.

And all this in the beauty and peace of Dartmoor, where there is no mobile signal, no cinemas, no traffic jams, just the flight of the dipper as he flies up the West Webburn,  lands on a rock and starts dipping his head, as the buzzards and ravens call overhead.

Old and YoungForty years ago Elizabeth Braund, with amazing foresight, had this vision and put it into action. In her memory the Trust is now committed to expand and advance the work she started, by giving children and young people an experience they will never forget. Already the grandchildren of those who came in the early days are coming to Shallowford. We hope that for many generations to come people will come here and find an experience that really makes the difference.

Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made

John 1:3

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The Shallowford Trust – A charitable company limited by guarantee and registered in England & Wales
Registered office: East Shallowford Farm, Widecombe in the Moor, Newton Abbot, Devon TQ13 7PW
Charity number: 1105186 Company no: 4430825