Sheepdrove can host a wide range of activities that compliment the National Curriculum, covering areas in science, geography, maths, English, art and design or design and technology. Increasingly, areas of the curriculum are focusing on the’ Farm to Fork’ concept. A brilliant way to engage young learners, is allowing them to visit a working, organic farm that produces food- the full package from seed to loaf.
Popular Farm ActivitiesTractor and Trailer rides:
- See more of our 2,500 acres from the back of tractor.
- Visit livestock in their fields- learn why space is important for welfare
- See our renewable energy in action
- See crops growing- learn what they are being grown for and how we grow them
- Take a guided walk into Sheepdroves organic arable fields, vegetable and flower gardens. Why not get stuck in and plant some seeds?
- Learn the importance of bugs and worms in the soil, nutrient cycles and how those seeds become food on our plates.
- Learn how organic farming benefits wildlife and the animals we keep here and why organic farming is sustainable.
- Touch and feel the variety of grains that we grow like wheat, oats, barley and rye.
- Learn which food groups the grains are used in and their association with their everyday foods.
- See flour being milled from the grain we’ve harvested
- Make a mini pizza from organic ingredients as the final stage of the‘farm to fork’ concept.
- Take a look at the herbs we grow here at Sheepdrove. What are they used for and why? Can you identify their smells and purpose?
- Visit some chalk grassland - why do we call it the UK's rain forest? Learn the importance of preserving habitats
- Enjoy a guided walk through our ancient woodlands. Can you spot any animals or insects? What are they up to and why are they important?
- Learn how woodland is managed for timber and wildlife.
Adult LearningAll of our activities are suitable for any age, we can increase the depth of any discussion about organic farming and conservation to fit in with curriculum requirements. Whether it’s aspects of selective breeding, sustainability, geology or soil management, or maybe you’re just looking for a fabulously diverse venue for fieldwork studies?
Whatever your interest level please contact us. We will work with you to create a bespoke visit to meet your needs.
Possible subjects could also include:What is Organic Farming?
Investigation into organic farming. What is it and how does it differ from conventional farming? What does a holistic approach actually mean? Vastly more wildlife is recorded on organic farms, why is this and why is our farm sustainable?
Grass-based extensive livestock systems.
Come and observe herd and flock behaviour, and create behaviour ethograms. Understand why environmental enrichment is so important for welfare. Are there problems with extensive farming? How can grazing animals benefit soil?
Coppice Woodland Ecology
Use vegetation quadrats to record plant species diversity, get involved with woodland invertebrate identification, understand why we manage some woodland habitats. Learn about the importance of nutrient cycles and soil micro fauna. Why are dead trees important?
Map the land use on the farm. What economic and environmental factors drive the decision making processes in running the farm? Is there a conflict of interests in maintaining habitats and crop yield? Or can wildlife be beneficial?
These areas are plentiful and we welcome groups in the winter months to brave the cold and learn the art of coppicing. A hands- on day out, and beneficial to wildlife to boot.
Chalk Grassland Ecology
Use vegetation quadrats to record plant diversity, take slope profile measurements of our chalk bank, discover the importance of habitat management. What species are adapted to this environment and how are they adapted?
Download our education brochure or contact Victoria Hatton, Education and Conservation Officer, using the form below.