Holtwood Community Farm

Who we are

Welcome to Holtwood Community Farm

We are a day service provider for adults with mental health problems, Autism and other learning difficulties based on 15 acres of land in the beautiful countryside near Wimborne, Dorset. 

Our aim is to provide a safe and relaxing environment in which our clients can explore and learn about the countryside, agriculture and horticulture whilst also developing their independence, interpersonal skills and confidence. 

Our History

Holtwood Community Farm was established in 2010 by Nigel Pritchard, on 15 acres of council tenanted land in Holtwood, Dorset. Nigel set up the farm having spent the previous years working at Kingston Maurward College and witnessing first hand the lack of provision of day services for those leaving the education system. 

His vision was to create a place where adults with a range of learning difficulties would be able to experience, enjoy and learn from working in a rural environment with other like minded individuals.

Over the last 9 years the farm has gone from strength to strength and now offers day services for up to 20 individuals per day as well as hosting groups from a selection of schools in the local area. 

Who do we cater for

The farm is targeted towards adults (18+) with learning difficulties and we currently support both Men and Women of ages, from 18 through to 65. We can offer support for a larger variety of needs so please get in contact to find out if we can help you.

Our Philosophy

Our aim is simple; to provide a calm, relaxing and safe environment in which our clients are able to come to learn, have fun and interact with others. 

We try to maximise the experience of each individual client based on their needs and capability, by supporting them to achieve their potential.

We believe that being outside in a rural environment can be a huge boost to mental wellbeing as well as good for your health. The responsibility that comes with caring for animals and the rewarding experience that is nurturing a plant from seed through to harvest, can be of huge benefit both mentally and physically. 

What we do

Operating a busy small holding is a huge job, and there is always something to be done on the farm. This is just a selection of the things we do on a day to day basis.
Animal Care

At Holtwood we have a whole menagerie that needs taking care of; Chickens, Pigs, Sheep, Goats, Pony, Donkey, Ducks, Rabbits and more. Clients help with feeding, cleaning and day to day care.


The shop

Our small on site shop offers an outlet to sell eggs and all the vegetables that we grow through the season.


During the warmer months we grow a large number of vegetables for both staff and clients to enjoy, and stock our shop. Clients are involved in all aspects of horticulture from preparing the ground  in spring and sowing seeds, right through to harvesting in the Autumn. 


There is always a longlist of jobs that need doing on the farm and clients assist with a wide range of these, from fencing to building animal houses, mowing the grass to making hay.

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