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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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Working With Providence House

Providence House working in partnership with The Shallowford Trust   East Shallowford is a working moorland farm, just 2 miles from Widecombe-in-the-Moor and is set in the middle of Dartmoor in beautiful surroundings. The farm covers over 50 acres of land including a river and woodland. For many years the farm has been hosts to hundreds of groups of inner city young people and families, many coming from needy urban housing projects. The Shallowford Trust is a registered charity (charity number: 1105186).

View of Providence House with Winstanley Estate behind

View of Providence House

Providence House Youth and Community Centre, Battersea, south west London, works in partnership with The Shallowford Trust. Both the work at Providence House and at East Shallowford were founded by Elizabeth Braund MBE and Rosemary Bird MBE. For over forty years these projects have been engaging with people of all ages, especially the young, as they seek to make sense of the world around them and to discover their own true selves in order to make their own distinctive contribution to society.   Providence House organises a rolling programme to East Shallowford for young people and families of educational and outward bound visits, taking small groups of young people, and family groups, to stay at and take part in the life of East Shallowford Farm, Widecombe, Devon.   The programme provides opportunities for physical challenge and an introduction to new interests as they discover an area full of ecological, historical and natural interest. East Shallowford Farm is a working farm, with sheep, cattle, pigs, ponies, chickens, geese and their young. Young people are involved in all that has to be done to care for the animals and their young, from feeding and watering, to cleaning out stables, and in more specific projects, according to the season.

The visits to the farm provide many opportunities for new learning and new experiences. The young people may live in concrete housing estates without a view, but from the farm they have weighed the lambs, witnessed the birth of calves, rebuilt dry stone walls, learned to take responsibility for animals, and become part of an ongoing working community. Each time a young person returns another step forward is taken.

Steam scramblingThe farm visits provide excellent opportunities for challenging activities. Activities may include mountain biking and horse riding, camping and discovery walks. Groups visit towns and villages, and hidden places of interest. Working parties are taught carpentry and building skills, basic coppicing and gardening

The residential visits to East Shallowford Farm have been highly productive in personal development and leadership training with young people involved in group planning and consultation, and beginning to think about themselves and where their lives are going.   Over and again young people, and adults remembering their time at the farm testify to the way their visits have enriched their lives

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