About Mount Pleasant Care Farm

What is Care Farming?

Care Farming is the therapeutic use of farming practises. Care farms use the farm to provide health, social or educational care services for one or a range of vulnerable groups of people and provide a supervised, structured programme of farming-related activities in a safe and nurturing environment.

 

The purpose of care farming is to promote mental and physical wellbeing by giving people the opportunity to spend time working on the land and with animals. Care farms can provide supervised, structured programs including animal husbandry, crop and vegetable production and woodland/ecology management.

 

On a care farm, people, animals and the land work together.

What to expect

All of our visitors will get a full induction which includes how to travel around the farm and when to listen to farm staff. We will also go through any risk assessments applicable to your visit. We are very Health & Safety conscious and our farm team are here to ensure that you get the most out of your visit without being at risk.

Each group has either one or two members of staff per group along with teachers, parents, or carers. Group sizes range from individual up to 5 visitors plus their accompanying carers if applicable.

The Location

Located in the Yorkshire countryside, Mount Pleasant Care Farm covers a total of 6 acres, 4 of which is open pasture.We are small but perfectly formed and our size avoids difficult and long periods of walking or travelling around our site.

Over the past three years we have planted over 800 trees in the surrounding area and with the help of our visitors we plan to plant a further 500. Our site attracts a lot of wildlife, including countless different bird species and insect life. Our site has multiple facilities including a poly tunnel (one of which is designed for a dedicated to children) and an arts & crafts building as well as a dog grooming salon and agility centre for dogs.

MEMBERSHIP & ACCREDITATIONS

Health & Safety is our top priority at Mount Pleasant Farm which is why we have an incredibly qualified and dedicated team of staff with a mass of accreditations and certifications between them including:

  • CEVAS (Countryside Educational Visits Accreditation Scheme)
  • CHAS (Contacts Health & Safety Scheme)
  • EA License (Environment Agency)
  • First Aid

Mount Pleasant Care Farm is also a licensed dog kennels and because of this we are all members of the UK Kennels Association and the British Dog Groomer Association. The site has a domestic and farm animal vet who works with us to ensure all our animals are fit and well.

We have a full suite of risk assessments, method statements, policies and procedure which are all available on request or on our Downloads page.

Steve

Steve has been active on farms since being a young boy, growing up around livestock and other animals. Steve enjoys being around nature, and is extremely knowledgeable of birds, plants and wildlife. His green fingers, love for nature and a strong bond with animals has benefited him invaluably in running and managing Mount Pleasant Care Farm for the last four years with his wife, Gill. Steve is IOSH Accredited and also CEVAS accredited for both educational and therapeutic provision. He is the Designated Safeguarding Officer (DSO) for the Kennels and Farm

Gill

Gill shares the same love for nature as her husband, Steve. Having grown up regularly helping out at a local Yorkshire dairy farm with her dad, Gill understands the importance of farming and the care required for the livestock and wildlife around her. Gill co-ordinates all the visit programmes and manages the engagement with schools, parents and local authorities to ensure that visits are structured appropriately. Gill owns three dogs and an African grey parrot and regularly helps out around the farm. Gill is accredited through CEVAS for both Educational and Therapeutic provision and in May this year Gill is undertaking a beginners Makaton course.

Charlotte

Charlotte is an animal lover through and through and her life and career has been dedicated to working with animals. Charlotte spent nine years in the military as an explosive search dog handler and has owned horses for many years. She is CEVAS accredited for both educational and therapeutic provision and in May this year Charlotte will undertake a beginners Makaton course. She is also a qualified dog groomer and dog trainer. During her career in the military Charlotte has experience of working with vulnerable visitors of all ages and she has been integral in supporting work experiences to our visitors (both supported and unsupported) with special educational needs and learning difficulties since joining the team in 2015.

Who are you

Teachers/School Governor

If you are a teacher interested in visiting Mount Pleasant Farm as part of a school trip, click the button below to view our information page tailored for teachers.

For Teachers / Governors

Parents / Carers & Agencies

If you are a parent/carer or a care organisation wishing to find out more about how visits to our care farm may be of benefit, click the button below to view information tailored to you.

For Parents / Carers

Local Authority / Care Organisations

If you are a parent or carer looking to visit our care farm with children with special needs, click the button below to view information tailored to you.

For Local Authority