About Us

Farms for City Children is a charity enabling children from disadvantaged communities to experience the adventure of working together on our farms in the heart of the British countryside.

Whether they stay for a whole week or a day visit, this unique experience can be life-changing.

This opportunity exists for children because of our amazing supporters. Thanks to them we can continue to brighten the lives of thousands of children each year.

A Welcome from our Founders,
Clare and Michael Morpurgo

Since we started the charity in 1976 more than 100,000 children have been to one of our farms – Nethercott House in Devon, Lower Treginnis in Pembrokeshire, and Wick Court in Gloucestershire. But it should be millions. It’s a visit that builds children’s self-confidence and self-worth as they work as a team on the farm. A visit full of fun too, and for many, the most memorable time of their young lives.

For today’s children who are ever more disconnected from the countryside, nature, and the source of the food they eat, spending time on the farms brings great joy, new discoveries, and the opportunity to reconnect with friends and teachers.

We hope to see you down on the farm or at one of our events very soon!

Our Farms

Each of our three farms provides a new world for children to explore and a warm and welcoming team to work with. You can find out more about each farm below.

Devon – Nethercott House

Nethercott House sits just outside the pretty Devonshire village of Iddesleigh with views to the high tors of Dartmoor National Park. Nestled deep in the countryside that inspired our founder – Michael Morpurgo – to write War Horse, Nethercott House is a Victorian manor with wide sweeping lawns, steeply banked lanes, and ancient hedgerows that lead down to the River Torridge. 

Nethercott House accommodates up to 39 children and 5 adults.

During a visit to Nethercott House children will be immersed in the practical and meaningful farming tasks of the day, such as:

Feeding poultry and collecting eggs • grooming and mucking out horses, ponies and donkeys • feeding cattle •  herding sheep • feeding pigs and weighing piglets • walking through the fields and along the trout stream to check the health of livestock • working in the kitchen garden to sow, grow, tend and harvest the fruits and vegetables • cooking nutritious meals from the produce harvested in the kitchen gardens • making butter and yoghurt in the creamery  • lighting fires, whittling wood, and making dens in the forest • walking into the village, the spiritual home of Joey, Michael Morpurgo’s War Horse.

We’re now accepting bookings at Nethercott House for day-visits from Easter 2021, and for residential visits from September 2021. To find out more and discuss availability please get in touch  with our bookings team

Pembrokeshire – Lower Treginnis 

Lower Treginnis farm sits on the stunningly beautiful site of a 700 year-old farmstead and is the most westerly farm in Wales. Situated on the peninsular just outside of Saint Davids – the UK’s smallest city – Lower Treginnis provides visitors with an incredible mix of traditional Welsh sheep farming and direct access to the beautiful beaches of Pembrokeshire National Park.

Lower Treginnis accommodates up to 39 children and 6 adults.

During a visit to Lower Treginnis children will be immersed in the practical and meaningful farming tasks of the day, such as:

Feeding and milking goats poultry •  feeding  poultry and collecting eggs • grooming and mucking out horses, ponies and donkeys • herding sheep and checking health • feeding pigs and weighing piglets • working in the kitchen garden to sow, grow, tend and harvest the fruits and vegetables • harvesting field-scale crops and packaging produce boxes for customer orders • cooking nutritious meals from the farm produce • log sawing to produce kindling and firewood • coastal walk and beach visit • countryside walk to visit the historic city of St Davids

We’re now accepting bookings at Lower Treginnis for day-visits from Easter 2021, and for residential visits from September 2021. To find out more and discuss availability please get in touch  with our bookings team

Gloucestershire – Wick Court 

Wick Court is an impressive Elizabethan moated property once used as a hunting lodge by the nearby Lords of Berkeley and rumoured to have hosted Elizabeth I. The majestic house looks out across idyllic pastures to the reed beds of the River Severn – a view that has changed little since the first recorded farmstead stood on this land in the middle ages.

Wick Court accommodates up to 36 children and 5 adults.

During a visit to Wick Court children will be immersed in the practical and meaningful farming tasks of the day, such as:

feeding rare-breeds poultry and collecting eggs • grooming and mucking out horses and donkeys • feeding dairy calves • herding sheep • feeding pigs and weighing piglets • walking through the fields to check the health of livestock • working in the kitchen garden to sow, grow, tend and harvest the fruits and vegetables • cooking nutritious meals using fresh farm produce • picking apples and pressing fresh juice • bee keeping • storytelling in the roundhouse •  unstructured, self-led play and discovery in the woodland • 

We’re now accepting bookings at Wick Court for day-visits from May 2021, and for residential visits from September 2021. To find out more and discuss availability please get in touch  with our bookings team

Our People

HRH The Princess Royal
Patron

Lady Morpurgo
Founder

Sir Michael Morpurgo
Co-Founder

Ted Hughes OM
Founding President

Vice Presidents

Sir Quentin Blake CBE
Vice-President

Professor Sir Tim Brighouse
Vice-President

Michael Caines MBE
Vice-President

Monty Don OBE
Vice-President

Marie Heaney
Vice-President

Carol Hughes
Vice-President

Kate Humble
Vice-President

Joanna Lumley OBE
Vice-President

Countess of Morley
Vice-President

Martin Paisner CBE
Vice-President

Sir Philip Pullman CBE FRSL
Vice-President

Lady Pullman
Vice-President

Juliet Stevenson CBE
Vice-President

Trustees

Simon Gregory
Chair of Trustees

Justin Albert OBE
Trustee

Richard Ash
Trustee

Dr Frances Harris
Trustee

Charles Huntington-Whiteley
Trustee

Alison Mawle
Trustee

Lady Morpurgo
Trustee

Sir Michael Morpurgo
Trustee

Peter Pantlin
Trustee

Staff

Vanessa Fox
Chief Executive

Ceri Blake
Finance Manager

Janette Bradford
Gardener

Adam Bratt
Farm Operations Manager

Jane Foy
Head of Fundraising

John Goodman
Senior Farm Manager

Tracy Izod
Trust Fundraiser

Dan Jones
Farm School Manager

James Kightley
Farm Operations Manager

Lisa Long
Regional Corporate Fundraising Manager

Katy Martin
Farm School Manager

Jo McConville
Head of Business Services

Dave McEvansoneya
Stockman

Jo Overton-Pitts
Fundraising Administrator

Hayley Penton-Worrall
Executive Officer

Tim Rose
Head of Operations

Anne Searle
Office Assistant

Rebecca Sweetman
Administrator

Alan Wheatley
Gardener