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The Cart Shed is a charity based in North Herefordshire that offers opportunities to try something new and improve well-being; to find friendships, a sense of belonging and a place of calm, in a supportive, caring environment.

Our woodlands lend themselves to enabling individuals to overcome and accept episodes in their lives they find difficult to live with; such as a result of the loss of a partner or close friend, difficult working conditions, or poor health.

We work with individuals from all backgrounds, lifting labels and minimizing stigma. There are no walls, badged health professionals or waiting rooms...Just the peace of the woodland.

Please feel free to browse our website to learn more about how we support our community and how you can take part in our fun courses. Don't hesitate to get in touch, we are always just a click or phone call away, should you require further information.

Learn new skills

Meet new people

Have fun!



ACL Funded

The Cart Shed

works with the support of the following organisations:
The project is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund and the European Social Fund

What People Are Saying

About The Cart Shed

Whereas before I had to pretend that everything was ok, here I could just open up. I wasn’t afraid to admit that I needed help in certain areas – it was like having a weight taken off my shoulders. For one day I could come here and reveal the truth about what was happening to me. First of all it’s not between four walls, it’s being outside and getting back to basics, stripping everything back to what you really need. And even though you’re outside the wood seems to envelop and hug you. It’s a little like being a child again; we forget how to play and have fun and learn new things. Here I can play with willow or woodwork, or just have a laugh. The journey with my mental health has been ongoing and I feel that if there were more places like this it would make such a difference.


November 2020

Making a bowl or a spoon can be really satisfying. This sort of therapy is far more helpful and beneficial than most drugs, particularly for people who are suffering from low self-esteem and lack of confidence. If I’d attended the Cart Shed when I was being given anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medication, I genuinely think I’d have reduced or stopped both. It’s a better antidote for depression and more mild forms of anxiety than any medication could ever be. The same goes for low self-esteem, issues with confidence and, particularly, social anxiety.

It’s a place where I don’t feel threatened. If you have a low day then you don’t have to socialise, no one was on at me. But seeing the open fire and the pigs they had here, it was lovely and so calming. It connected me with outside and took me out of myself. I could still relapse any time, but this place gives you the chance to move on. I always thought I’d be judged because of what I’d done, but not here, there’s no pressure.


November 2020
Lee Bayley

A truly amazing outdoor setting, both my daughters 10 and 7 year old have visited here over the summer with other Armed Forces families children. They have enjoyed learning and developing new skills ( den builds, cooking, fire prep and much more) All the staff are fabulous! 5*****

Lee Bayley

August 2020

A person who loves or is fond of woods or forests.

We, at The Cart Shed are Nemophilists. It is a word that hasn't really been used for over 100 years – but it is a word that surely deserves a comeback!
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Are you a parent carer? We have a new course which may be of interest

Are you a parent carer. This course is an opportunity to connect with those in a similar situation. Please get in touch if you like to know more and fill in our self referral form

Unusual Plants in Strange Places

Do you want to grow something a little more unusual , or have limited space or just want to start gardening. If so check out our new course starting in March. Please get in touch if you like to know more or fill in our self referral form

Are you employed? New course to help you get back into work, volunteering or training

Are you unemployed? Would you like help getting in to work, volunteering or training? We are taking on new participants on the BBO project throughout the year. Please get in touch if you like to know more and fill in our self referral form