East Shallowford & Providence House

Travelling Together

The Shallowford Trust working in partnership with Providence House

East Shallowford is a working moorland farm, just 2 miles from Widecombe-in-the-Moor and is set in the middle of Dartmoor in beautiful surroundings.  The farm covers over 50 acres of land including a river and woodland. For many years the farm has been hosts to hundreds of groups of inner city young people and families, many coming from needy urban housing projects. The Shallowford Trust is a registered charity (charity number: 1105186).

The Shallowford Trust works in partnership with Providence House Youth and Community Centre, Battersea, south west London. Both the work at East Shallowford and at Providence House was founded by Elizabeth Braund MBE and Rosemary Bird MBE. For over forty years these projects have been engaging with people of all ages, especially the young, as they seek to make sense of the world around them and to discover their own true selves in order to make their own distinctive contribution to society.

At East Shallowford, a rolling programme for young people and families of educational and outward bound visits is organised, taking small groups of young people, and family groups, mainly from inner London, to stay at and take part in the life of East Shallowford Farm, Widecombe, Devon. Groups from other places also visit.

The programme provides opportunities for physical challenge and of introduction to new interests as they discover an area full of ecological, historical and natural interest.  East Shallowford Farm is a working farm, with sheep, cattle, pigs, ponies, chickens, geese and their young.  Young people are involved in all that has to be done to care for the animals and their young, from feeding and watering, to cleaning out stables, and in more specific projects, according to the season.

The visits to the farm provide many opportunities for new learning and new experiences. The young people may live in concrete housing estates without a view, but from the farm they have weighed the lambs, witnessed the birth of calves, rebuilt dry stone walls, learned to take responsibility for animals, and become part of an ongoing working community. Each time a young person returns another step forward is taken.

The farm visits provide excellent opportunities for challenging activities. Groups this year have enjoyed mountain biking and horse riding, camping and discovery walks. They have visited towns and villages, and hidden places of interest. Working parties have been taught carpentry and building skills, basic coppicing and gardening

The residential visit to East Shallowford Farm have been highly productive in personal development and leadership training with young people involved in group planning and consultation, and beginning to think about themselves and where their lives are going.

Come and visit us at East Shallowford. All are welcome.

The Shallowford Trust