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Funding in now in place to begin building an:

Environmental Education at Limemead Farm

Work began on Monday 15th July 2019 with groundworks to create a new Barn with workshops, an Education Building and Car Park Facilities.  This new infrastructure will significantly develop the Education Programme that has developed at the Farm, providing an alternative education provision to support and educate young people.  Thank you for all the support that the LEADER fund have given Core Creative Education.  This project is part funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.

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Core Creative Education, is a community interest company and runs a successful Outdoor Environmental Education Programme for young people at Limemead Farm in Halstock, Dorset.  We deliver Courses and 1:1 Mentoring for young people interested in learning about and how to care for our natural environment.  Core have developed a programme at Limemead Farm, providing bespoke, unique and outstanding programmes of support for young people.  The programme has grown organically over 6 years, with the demand from families and young people requiring enrichment outside the current mainstream education provision.  It has become a ‘Sanctuary for Young People’, and has had many referrals from families, schools and GPs this year, which will lead to the building of new infrastructure and buildings at the Farm in 2019.

Young peoples’ love for learning is re-ignited at the Farm, often being further developed through access to other opportunities and accredited courses Core delivers.  Some go on to further educational study and training.  But all leave the Farm replenished, calmer and more connected to themselves, more centred and better connected to the world they are apart of.

All our courses are designed to learn from and about our natural world, through the arts, natural crafts, environmental awareness, caring for farm animals and wildlife and developing appreciation for the history and traditions of rural living.  Our courses also incorporate developing skills in problem solving, risk taking, creativity and teamwork.

Main programmes of study:

Animal Facilitated learning Programme:

  • Equine and goat care and therapy
  • Poultry care and rehabilitation
  • Lamb rearing
  • Pet pig care
  • Halstock Hedgehog Rescue, Release and Rehabilitation

Land Management Programme:

  • Horticulture
  • Maintenance and development of wildlife habitats
  • Machinery maintenance
  • Farm maintenance

Natural Crafts Programme:

  • Willow weaving
  • Green woodworking
  • Working with Clay
  • Camp fire craft and cooking
  • Fleece to felt
  • Blacksmithing

The Mentoring Programme runs 5 days a week throughout term time and works with young people 1:1 or in small groups.  These students have additional needs or are experiencing high levels of stress, anxiety and associated mental health difficulties.  The Mentoring Programme caters for their specific additional needs by providing an alternative education space for them to learn and grow in, providing support and respite for them and their families.

Forest & Farm Club courses run twice a week on a Mondays and Tuesdays and on Saturdays and holiday times for young people in the community.

Core runs Accredited Training (ASDAN) for young people in Animal Care, Environmental Studies, Vocational qualification in Farming practises and Expressive Arts.

We believe in listening to our students and helping them to develop what is the right path for them.  As experienced educators we have a firm belief  that  children and young people should have every opportunity to learn in a practical, hands on environment.  At Limemead Farm, we have developed Core Creative Education as the cornerstone of our teaching philosophy. With a wide range of ecosystems, animals, plants crops and craft activities, we are able to give young people the chance to reconnect with the natural world around them and to find out more about themselves and what makes their heart sing.

“By rekindling our relationship with the Earth, by working with the materials it provides, through traditional crafts and landscape skills we can regain our sense of self. We can rediscover that by working to transform these materials we transform ourselves also. By teaching our children these skills, we can enable them to craft their own futures.”  Bernard Graves

For photographs of the sessions and activities, please visit:

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24 responses to “Home

  1. Rachel hall says:

    Dear Rachelle,
    I am interested in dance therapy and wondered if you provided training in that area or maybe had any volunteer positions or advice?

    I have much varied experience in ballet tap modern dance, with experience as a beginner Taoist Tai Chi Instructor.

    I would appreciate any help or advice you can offer.
    Best wishes


  2. coreprojects says:

    Hi Rachel

    Lovely to hear from you. I think it would be beneficial for you to attended the Life Circles Training that I am delivering in Yeovil on 11th and 18th September at West Abbey Care Home, if you are available. It will introduce you to working in care home settings but is very much about the philosophy and methodology of working in this way and many of the ideas and discussions that we will be having are transferable to other groups.

    I am a community dance practitioner, not a dance therapist but much of the work I deliver is very therapeutic and covers the dance and health remit, developing people’s Physical, Social, Emotional and Creative Health.

    If you are interested in this course in the Autumn then let me know and I will send you further information.

    Best wishes

    Rachelle Green Core Dance 891 661


  3. Michelle Holme says:

    Would love to be involved in this as home educating my 14 year daughter,and I know friends that would also love to get involved.

  4. Jo Belasco says:

    We are interested in all of the courses you offer , I am currently home educating one son who is 12 . This is very exciting! My email is and our home phone number is 01305 871904. Thank-you!

  5. Sabrina chambers says:

    Hi I’m looking to possibly home school my 11 yravrl old asd and and anxiety son … as he is not looking forward to mainstream secondary school… he has very bad anxiety and depression and don’t think he will cope with the noise and level of work he will have to do .. wondered what you do and we’re abouts to bridport some these are plz thanks sabrina

  6. Xanthe says:

    Hi Sabrina, my name is Xanthe. My son Michael is 15yrs and also has ASD and the obvious anxiety issues that comes with that. I am starting to home-educate him again this term, for the 4th time. I don’t believe that mainstream education are capable of anywhere near adequately supporting children on the autistic spectrum and I encourage you to seriously consider home-education asd not to worry yourself too much with exams and grades. Happy confident children will always do much better and be more motivated, with or without the grades- that it’s almost impossible for them to achieve if they are forced to take 10 GCSE’s in an extremely stressful environment. Being at home allows them to follow their passions- which ASD kids have great skills with. Keepng them socialising and away from too much screen time has also been key for me. Good luck. Xanthe

  7. coreprojects says:

    Hi Sabrina. Good to hear from you. We run 1:1 sessions for young people, as well as group sessions in Forest School, Natural Crafts & Traditional Farming. All information for our courses is on this site. If you want to have a chat about sessions we could advise for your son please feel free to call us on 01935 891 661

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  12. Julia says:

    Please can you send me info on home school groups. I live in east Devon. Thank you Julia

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  19. Susan Green says:

    Hi, I home educate my ten year old daughter who loves animal, nature and art. I am having trouble opening your coarse section and was wondering what and when is available to her and cost. Thank you. 🙂

  20. Helen Diment says:

    Please can u book eve in for Tues 28th August pl. May also need anothere space for summer to if u have one can I let u now

  21. Hi
    I am a dance movement artist (BA hons professional dance from central school of ballet) and 500hr qualified yoga teacher with a passion for bringing creative and sponteneous movement to anyone and everyone, so that we can begin to feel the deep reality of connection from the inside out.

    I would love to work with you in offering movement sessions for wellbeing.

    Please get in touch and warm wishes

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  23. Jecca Szarmach says:

    Hello Rachelle,
    It sounds like a fabulous setting you have.
    I am wondering if you have any jobs going?
    I have been running ‘Forest School’ in a mainstream primary school for the last 4 years with a whole class per day!
    I did my level 3 FS training at Brigwater college.
    I could be available between the hours of 9am and 3pm Mon to Fri term time.
    If I could be of any help please get in touch.

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