Farm project to help disabled adults thrive


A care farming project is offering an opportunity for adults with learning disabilities to learn outdoors skills to help them find work.

Little Gate Farm, based in Beckley, is starting a new course to help those who would like to work in a woodland setting. 

The project, which will take place in Little Gate Farm’s 26 acres of ancient woodland, will include an introduction to woodland management and wildlife conservation, a chance to develop skills in producing, marketing and selling traditional woodland products.

It will also provide the opportunity to build confidence through team work whilst achieving personal goals.

Dan Vidler, from Little Gate Farm, said: “Participants will be given the title woodland ranger and will work alongside the farm’s woodland team who have a broad knowledge and varied skillset. 

“For ten weeks at the start of the project, rangers will also have an opportunity to learn specialist woodworking skills from a local artist/wood sculptor.

“The aim of the project is to enable individuals to find employment – with support from our work placement manager - or get involved in a small enterprise on site.”

The course costs £39.96 per day, which will include transport to and from the farm as well as tools and equipment required to participate. 

Funded places may be possible through adult social care.

Little Gate Farm is a registered charity and predominately a care and skills development centre, helping learning disabled adults and children in Hastings and Rother. 

Rangers are offered training in animal care and food production, and are supported to develop their employability skills and eventually find paid or unpaid work.

Places are limited for the course which starts at the end of October.  Details from Dan or Claire on 01797 260125 or email