The Cart Shed Courses

We are working in partnership with Herefordshire Council to deliver adult and community learning courses funded by a contract with the ESFA.

As a result of advice from government advisors, The Cart Shed Charity will be suspending its daily woodland and horticultural activities until further notice.

Our fantastic team of dedicated staff is rising to the challenge this pandemic presents and has created an entirely new service to support our participants, volunteers and each other.

Courses at The Cart Shed

Information for Learners

To provide tailored therapeutic support in a woodland setting, helping those experiencing an imbalance in their lives to heal, learn new skills, find friendship and a future.

Courses at The Cart Shed look a little different at the moment, as we are not in the woods. However, we have developed a few programmes we think will give you something interesting and enjoyable to do over the next few weeks.

Support from the team is by email, phone, text or WhatsApp, reading handouts or viewing videos, practical activity and completing weekly worksheets.

You will need to be able to take photos and email or WhatsApp them to tutors. To get the most out of these courses, you will need to be able to participate in the interactive private Facebook groups.

Remote Education Offer at The Cart Shed Charity

During the spring and summer of 2020, The Cart Shed developed an online learning platform to support participants. This provides an alternative to attending our usual woodland and horticulture sessions.

We use this online learning platform:

  1. to provide remote support and learning for those unable or not wishing to attend on-site sessions;
  2. as a backup option for transferring on site courses in the event of local lockdown.

Our online learning platform has been very successful 2020 and continues to be improved in 2021. It can be applied to a range of funding (including Adult & Community Learning) as well as individual requirements.

What you can expect if you join an online course or your on-site course is transferred to our online learning platform:

  • Courses are designed to be as close as possible to the woodland experience – social interaction, community, wellbeing education & support and practical craft activities.
  • Most courses run from 10am to 3pm on 1 day of the week for several weeks.
  • Dedicated, secure and confidential learning platform using Microsoft Teams through a range of devices (mobiles, tablets, laptops).
  • Support with accessing the online learning and support, even for those with no or limited experience using computers or the internet.
  • Tablets with internet access available for loan for those who do not have computer or internet access already.
  • Activity packs delivered to your door to provide materials and tools for completing the practical activities.
  • Regular assessment of progress against learning and wellbeing goals by our team of practical skills tutors and wellbeing tutors (qualified Occupational Therapists and Mental Health nurses)

If you are interested in joining one of our online courses, please contact

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What will you find at The Cart Shed?

Having been referred to or having visited The Cart Shed, all new participants (and often returning participants) will be offered a one-day taster session. On the Woodland Taster you can find out about the range of learning opportunities available at the Cart Shed to see if it is appropriate, without the need to commit to a longer course. Participants will be able to explore the site, go on a woodland walk and/or receive an introduction to basic green woodwork or willow-work techniques.

An important part of coming on a taster day is to explore the learning opportunities coming up throughout the year at The Cart Shed to see if there are interesting and appropriate courses for you to develop your skills, knowledge and wellbeing.

Coppice Skills Taster

An opportunity to try your hand at making a simple coppice craft item. You could make a spoon or spatula for use in your kitchen, a butter knife or a simple basket woven from willow.

Horticulture Taster

Join us at our polytunnels to get involved with the seasonal tasks of a productive kitchen garden.

Continued Progression through the Cart Shed Programme

In 2021, we will be running many of our usual green woodworking, basket making, gardening and coppicing courses. These courses are an opportunity to learn new skills or improve on old skills, whilst gaining all the wellbeing benefits of being in the outdoors in our safe and supportive learning environment. Many of our courses will also include additional sessions on a range of topics to support you in better managing your own wellbeing or to progress into other opportunities, such as

The 5 Ways to Wellbeing

  • volunteering skills
  • woodland knowledge
  • music in the woods
  • personal financial management or
  • time management.

If you are interested in attending The Cart Shed please email our referral form to info@thecartshed.co.uk or post to The Cart Shed Charity CIO, Devereux Wootton Farm, Norton Canon, Herefordshire HR4 8QN.

If you would rather discuss your options first, please phone 01544 318 231 or email info@thecartshed.co.uk.

Opportunities at The Cart Shed are supported by a range of organisations. Our activities are tailored to an individual’s needs with participants choosing from a range of projects, working at their chosen pace in a friendly nurturing environment.

Our days begin at 10am with circle time around the camp fire cup of tea in hand. Participants then begin their activities meeting again at lunchtime for a home grown, home cooked lunch prepared and cooked in the woods by our volunteers, following the afternoon session the day ends with circle time at 3pm.

These weekly sessions are suitable for a range of individuals; adults who may be struggling to cope with the pressures of life, or those who, now retired, want the companionship of others in a stimulating environment.

Tools, materials, hot drinks and scrumptious lunch – cooked on site over an open fire! – are provided. The location has several woodland shelters, a kitchen area, and a compost toilet.

Hot lunch costs £2.50 which is payable on the day – a nutritious vegetable stew made with veggies from the Organic walled garden and sausages.

Transport from Leominster, Hereford and Kington can be arranged, please contact info@thecartshed.co.uk for further information.

Please bring stout boots/wellies and suitable warm/weather proof clothing.

The Cart Shed has an extensive policy handbook including a Safeguarding Policy, which is available on request. All members of staff and volunteers have enhanced DBS (CRB) clearance to work with vulnerable adults and children.