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Team Members Bike a Thon 2024

Team Members Bike a Thon 2024

Following the success of the previous years’ bike-a-thons, the Team Members, Staff and Volunteers are going to do it all again. Our theme this year is the Olympics and over the course of the week, we are aiming to cycle the distance from Oak Tree Farm to Paris which is about 425 miles. 

The bike-a-thon will take place Monday 15th to Friday 19th July 2024 next to our Tea room/plant sales area where we will take it in turns cycling on static bikes throughout the week. 

All monies raised by our Team Members will be divided between Oak Tree Farm and Special Olympics Stafford. 

If you wish to support us we have a Just Giving page, just search for Oak Tree Farm Rural Project and select Oak Tree Farm Rural Project Team Member’s Bike a Thon 2024, or use this link www.justgiving.com/page/oak-tree-farm-team-members-1718197366941 

It would be lovely if you are able to come to Oak Tree Farm and cheer our Team Members on during the week.

Tea Room Closures

Tea Room Closures

No planned closures.
Plant Sales 2024

Plant Sales 2024

Our summer bedding plants, basket plants, vegetable packs and perennials are now on sale from the plant sales area next to our Oak Leaf Tea Room.  

On Saturdays throughout the Summer our polytunnels and greenhouses will also be open to visitors for plant sales.

Our opening hours are Monday to Saturday 10am to 3pm.


 

David Moreton

David Moreton

Last night at our Annual General Meeting, David Moreton made the following announcement about stepping back from his role as General Manager at Oak Tree Farm Rural Project.

In 1986 a group of parents and teachers of young people with learning disabilities got together with the idea of setting up an alternative to the town based day centres that were available at that time. This idea turned into reality and I agreed to spend a year at the emerging Oak Tree Farm Rural Project whilst the initial facilities were completed. That was 35 years ago and in that time the charity has grown and now has all the elements envisaged by that first group of people, a nursery growing plants, gardens, crafts, a tea room, a pottery and much more.

The time is now right for me to step back from lead role on the farm and retire as General Manager. I am not going away however; I will be here during the transition, be more than willing to share what I have experienced and learned over the years, will continue at the farm in other ways as a volunteer and maybe a Trustee at some point in the future.

My time at the farm has been interesting, satisfying, hard work, fun, challenging, humbling, heart wrenching – most of all a pleasure. I have really enjoyed being with my Team Member, staff and volunteer colleagues, we are a family that will endure. I have been privileged to develop and care for the farm, it’s facilities and land, and pleased to hopefully leave it in good heart for future generations.

I trust that the people that follow me at the charity will lead it with empathy and kindness and nurture the freedom of Team Members to be themselves and thrive as I have tried to do. I would encourage a new generation of parents and others to drive the organisation on behalf of their family and friends with learning disabilities as those people did in 1986.

All the best

David

 

Chair of Trustees, David Folkes said.

"David’s contribution to Oak Tree Farm has been outstanding. Whilst many people have contributed to its development, David has been at the heart of everything.  He has led the charity with great skill, enthusiasm, dedication compassion and kindness. Whilst we would love him to continue forever, we recognise that is not possible and respect his decision to step aside. We are delighted that he will continue to be part of the Oak Tree family. The process of recruiting a successor is underway.”

Oak Tree Farm Rural Project

Oak Tree Farm provides training and supported occupation for adults with learning disabilities, in a rural environment.

The Project provides opportunity, support and encouragement for people to learn new skills and to improve their existing ones, paving  the way into sheltered employment for those people for whom this is appropriate, whilst giving purposeful occupation to others.

Where are we based?

Oak Tree Farm is situated on a 15 acre smallholding near the village of Hilderstone and is part of the Harrowby Estate of Sandon.

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