Farms for City Children is a charity founded by Michael and Clare Morpurgo in 1976, that gives school children the chance to become an integral part of one of our three working farms: Nethercott in Devon, Lower Treginnis in Pembrokeshire and Wick Court, Gloucestershire, for a whole week.
During their week-long stay, the children and their teachers live and work at the farms, explore the countryside and find out where good food comes from. They also discover self-confidence as they conquer fears, grow in self-belief as they overcome challenges as part of hard working teams, develop new friendships, create stories and poems filled with the vibrant sounds and language of the rural environment and learn to see a bigger, brighter future than they might realise exists beyond their crowded city horizons. Today, Farms for City Children welcomes 3,000 children per year for a week-long stay on our farms.
Our team at Wick Court is led by our Farm School Manager Heather –an experienced former primary school teacher, who will be your host for the week. Heather and her team will guide the children through all farming activities and will give you all the information and equipment you need to keep your children safe and well throughout the visit.
Wick Court is an Elizabethan moated manor house once used as a hunting lodge by the Lords of Berkeley and visited by Queen Elizabeth I. The majestic house stands on a site dating back to the thirteenth century, looking out across idyllic swathes of farming land to the reed beds of the River Severn.
Maximum occupancy – 36 children, 5 adults
Indicative farming activities include:
• Feeding and watering poultry and ducks
• Grooming and mucking out horses and ponies
• Pressing apples and making juice
• Commercial dairy farming – watching the automatic milking robots in a fully modernised dairy operation, feeding dairy calves
• Kitchen garden – sowing, potting, harvesting, tasting fruits and vegetables
• Bee keeping and birdwatching
• Cooking - preparing nutritious meals from the produce harvested on the farms
• Woodland – unstructured and self-led play, including making willow crowns, building dens and storytelling in the roundhouse.
• Countryside walks in the beautiful land surrounding the farm.
For further information please see our brochure:
We hope to see you and your class down on the farm very soon.