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We're based near Haddenham, between Ely and Cambridge, in the Fens.

A unique part of England; dykes and drains divide the fertile farmland, and restored fen habitats. It's a flat land where the skies are grand!

WHAT WE DO


Willderland Farm is a care farm based near Haddenham, between Ely and Cambridge in the Fens. The 4.5acre site is mix of pastureland, an orchard, a community garden, ponds, and scrub. We have grazing alpacas, goats, and sheep: specially selected animals that interact with adults or children with learning difficulties on the therapeutic visits, which we offer. We have an orchard and community garden, managed by volunteers, and we are supported by the RSPB and local wildlife organisations in the management of our grassland, ponds, and scrubland, to maximise the benefits of the site for local wildlife. All of our facilities our disabled access, including the educational building, walkways, and compost toilet. We are Social Farms and Gardens accredited Care Farm and a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) established on 15th February 2019. Our charitable objectives can be found here.


About Us

We established ourselves as a membership organisation in 2015, with the aim of growing food sustainably, supporting wildlife & benefitting the wider community.


Following, liaison with the local community and parish council and our successfull application to the LEADER programme within the Rural Development Programme, in 2019 we received a grant for all of the infrastructure needed to operate as a care farm. Getting everything into place has dominated our activities in 2020/2021.

We plan to be fully open and operational in spring 2022, depending upon the situation with Covid-19 infections in the population. Open days are tentatively planned for the autumn of 2021 - more information will be posted within the registered area.

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Be Involved

Therapeutic Visits

We cater for children or adults with learning disabilities: our service users. All members of the Willderland Team that lead visits are CRB checked and first aid trained, but carers have full responsibility for safeguarding and conduct of service users on site. A typical visit is approximately one hour, and service users will be able to see our grazing animals and chickens and interact with animals in our petting area.

If you are a carer and are interested in arranging a visit for a group or individual, please contact us via our contact form here. We do not charge for therapeutic visits, however we strongly encourage you to donate to our charity if you are able, so we can continue to provide our services. We are predominantly funded by donations from generous visitors to the farm. To arrange a visit please get in touch using our contact form.

Farm Events

Each summer we will hold Sunday farm events for anyone from the community (or further afield) to come and experience the lovely natural setting, animals, and enjoy refreshments and cake! Registration is required if you are interested in attending one of these days, which will be advertised and made available for booking on the farm calendar. You will only be able to attend if you have booked in advance. We have to carefully manage the numbers of people on site. To book a farm event please register

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Volunteering

Anyone can become a volunteer – no experience is necessary! - but vulnerable adults and children under the age of 18, should be accompanied by an adult. On your first visit you will receive a tour of the site, and will need to read our policies and sign the volunteer contract. There is no minimum time commitment. And more responsibilities will be given to volunteers over time if they would like them and feel comfortable and fully trained to perform them.

The community garden, orchard, ponds, and habitats are managed with help from volunteers, who take a share of our produce. If you are interested in volunteering please register and then you will have access to our volunteer calendar, via which you can pick the days you wish to attend. Advance notice is required, because we are a small site with limited parking.

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Like what you see? We can't wait to meet you and start sharing the benefits of our community.


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Contact Us

Get in touch and we'll answer any questions you may have.


Investment at Willderland Farm

Project to establish a new Care Farm for use by the local and wider Cambridgeshire Community Land West of North fen Drove, Sutton Road, Haddenham, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB6 3PS

It is part funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.

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The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development Europe investing in rural areas

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Cambridgeshire Fens LEADER

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Cambridgeshire Acre

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