About willow tree 

Welcome to willow tree farm 

Willow tree family farm is a small charitable incorporated organisation, registered in England registered charity 1122101

we are run by volunteers 

The Farm is a community-managed project that aims to improve the quality of life for local people and its service-users.

The farm does this by working with members of the local community and others, to provide a range of innovative and exciting, educational, social, environmental, economic and recreational activities. The farm is particularly interested in combating social exclusion and addressing issues caused by multiple deprivation by providing a safe and supportive environment in which people can flourish and contribute positively to their community.

 

The 5 Ways to Wellbeing were developed by the New Economic Foundation as a way of improving our mood and how we feel about ourselves. Visiting and volunteering on the farm can enable you to achieve all of these and help you on the way to feeling good about yourself and the world.

Connect... feeling close to and valued by people and your wider community is vital to feeling happy. When you volunteer at the farm you become a valued member of our team and also have the chance to meet new people and make new friends. You could meet up at the farm with a friend or reach out to someone you know who might be lonely. Have a stroll around the farm and see the seasons change and see the animals.

Be Active... regular physical activity can lower rates of anxiety and depression. Volunteering outside at the farm whether it is looking after the animals, gardening or maintenance gets you outside in the fresh air, sunshine and nature.

Take Notice... becoming aware of your surroundings and being present in the moment enhances your wellbeing. You can do this at anytime, but the farm can be a beautiful place to practice being present.

Keep learning... continued learning through life enhances self-esteem and boosts self confidence. There is lots of opportunity for learning at the farm, either informally through carrying out tasks, or on one of our courses or our fun holiday activities.

Giving... participating in community projects and giving your time can really improve your sense of wellbeing. By volunteering at the farm, you are taking an active role in your community and being part of something meaningful. 

volunteering

Would you like to learn new skills, meet new people and help the farm?

We offer a wide range of opportunities for individuals to get involved in the day to day life of the farm. Through volunteering you will gain new skills and work related experience, meet new friends, receive training and have lots of fun whilst helping the farm to develop and grow

The volunteering opportunities we offer are very flexible and include:

  • Animal Care - learn about and help with a wide range of animal care activities including looking after pigs, sheep, goats, ducks and chickens.

  • Site Maintenance - the farm is a seven acre site with buildings, animal housing, fences, gates and paths that need repairing, replacing and painting on a regular basis. So, if you would like to put your DIY skills to good use, or if you would like to learn some new ones, please contact us.

  • Gardening, butterfly house and Woodland - there is plenty of work all year round including clearing, planting, maintaining, coppicing, propagation and growing flowers and vegetables.

  • Management Committee - sharing the responsibility for shaping and steering the farms work. 

 

 Please note our minimum age is 17

You don't have to limit yourself to doing one thing - many of those who volunteer at the farm like to do a bit of everything.There are always new and different volunteering opportunities coming up, so if you have a skill that you think might help us, or if there is something you would like to do at the farm, please let us know. by contacting david.anthony@willowtree-farm.co.uk

Work Experience

We offer a limited number of Work Experience placements for young people attending college courses.

PLEASE NOTE WE DO NOT TAKE WORK EXPERIENCE PLACEMENTS FROM SCHOOL FROM 2020 

please contact david.anthony@willowtree-farm.co.uk 

you will be sent one of our application forms once we receive this we then may invite you in for an interview. 

successful applicants will be chosen to do there work experience with us. 

Corporate Volunteering Days corporate days at the farm are a fantastic way of boosting team morale and productivity. They are also a great way to fulfil your corporate responsibility while having lots of fun. By choosing to spend your volunteer day with us, you will be making a positive contribution to willow tree family farm and the surrounding community, and to the wellbeing of your staff.

Outdoor-based corporate volunteering days have the edge over other kinds of volunteering, as they offer a complete and refreshing change to the office environment as well as the mood boosting, stress busting benefits of being in nature. Creativity, focus, health and energy can all be improved, as well as relationships and communication within your team.

Our bespoke Corporate Volunteering Days are tailor made for you and can include challenging activities such as fence and feature building or creative activities such as cooking or animal care enrichment  in our idyllic woodland. Call our Volunteer Coordinator david on 01623748808 /07798895093 or email david.anthony@willowtree-farm.co.uk to discuss pricing and further details.