Our fully accredited DofE Gold Award Residential Programmes run during the summer school holiday weeks at Nethercott House in Devon (for participants aged 17+) and Wick Court in Gloucestershire (for participants aged 18+). Farming never stops – our sites continue to work and there are always animals to feed, stables to muck out, harvesting to be done in our large productive gardens, produce to process and maintenance tasks to complete around the farm.

We can offer you the experience of active engagement with nature and the countryside, cultivating transferable work and life skills whilst collaborating with new people as you enjoy plenty of physical activity, good food and fresh air. The Gold Award Residential will be an exclusive occupancy, no other group will be joining us that week so you really will have the place to yourselves to enjoy!

“Getting on-farm work experience can be incredibly useful and rewarding for students who would like a career in food and farming at apprenticeship or degree level. The DofE residential experience at Farms for City Children provides students with practical agricultural experience and the chance to help and support children from urban areas who may have never considered where their food comes from. I’d encourage all students to take this opportunity – it will enhance their educational CV, broaden their mind and give them a wonderful experience of muck and magic!”

Professor Jude Capper, Harper Adams University

We use these weeks to do some of the bigger jobs we can’t always manage when we have younger schoolchildren on site. Last year, amongst other tasks, the DofE groups worked hard to put up a large bee shed and create a teaching area for the visiting children to return to in September. Other jobs might include coppicing hazel, repairing raised beds and poultry housing. The residential is full board – we provide all meals some of which you will harvest, then prepared and served by the participants as part of your activities with us.

“I can often see how you have developed your skills as part of the DofE Award, relating to problem solving, communication and presentation of yourself and information. Tell us about your hands on experiences of the farm to fork journey during the programmes at Farms For City Children and let you shine through! I look forward to reading about your DofE experiences at Farms For City Children in your UCAS applications in the near future.”

Ali Birrane, Programme Director Cardiff Metropolitan University

At our wonderful heritage farms you will experience the benefits of collaboration, enjoy plenty of physical activity, good food, and fresh air, and discover a magical rural environment. Through your volunteer work you will help us to maintain our livestock and gardens and keep the site in good shape for our younger beneficiaries throughout the following year. All activities on the farm will be supervised by our well trained and experienced staff and we will provide all necessary training, tools, equipment and PPE.

Participant Information

Farms for City Children is pleased to be able to offer three week-long residentials for those completing their Duke of Edinburgh Gold Awards this Summer.

Two weeks at Nethercott House in Devon and one week at Wick Court in Gloucestershire.

  • Week One starts on Monday 29th July for 5 days in Devon
  • Week Two starts on Monday 5th August for 5 days in Devon
  • Week Three starts on Monday 12th August for 5 days in Gloucestershire (Over 18s only)

The Residential Fee is an All-inclusive charge of £399 per person.

Collections are available for participants from Eggesford Station for Nethercott House (an easy change from Exeter), and Stonehouse Station for Wick Court.

To see how last year’s participants got on and find about more about what’s involved at Nethercott House in Devon – please click on the link HERE

To find out more about what Wick Court is offering please click on the link HERE

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