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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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Mums and Daughters enjoy the farm

Ten of them came and spent a wonderful few days of quality time with each other. As well as working with the animals and walking on the moors, there were many deep discussions around relationships and the meaning of True …

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Wonderful Work Party

A select few came once again and blessed us all here at the farm with energy, enthusiasm and muscle power! As always the list of tasks was long but they stuck at it and produced plenty of fire wood stacked …

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Let it Snow, let it snow

For 5 days at the end of January we hunkered down and enjoyed that wonderful silence that comes with the snow. It was so beautiful, so quiet and so annoying!!! It must be my age – love it for a …

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Praise the Lord for New Beginnings

It is difficult to believe that the decision shared with the Trustees last September is about to be fulfilled.It is all very surreal, with only a few weeks left here at Shallowford after 5 exciting years. It is a decision …

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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.

By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established;

Prov 24 v.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