Providing training and supported occupation for adults with learning disabilities

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Meadow Survey

Meadow Survey

The fields at Oak Tree ready to cut for winter feed have nine sorts of grass and seventeen different wildflowers, this is just the fields not including the hedges.
Brilliant names like Yorkshire Fog, Meadow Foxtail, Crested Dogs Tail, Cocksfoot, Lady's Smock, Black Medick, Black Knapweed, Greater Stichwort, Hogweed and of course Dandelions, Buttercups and Daisies!

Our Plants

Our Plants

Unfortunately the farm is closed, but the plants are not going to waste.  We have been able to get plants out to our Team Members, residential care homes, organisations and schools, all to benefit people with learning disabilities by providing activities during the lockdown.


Facebook Group for Team Members

Facebook Group for Team Members

So that we can all keep in contact whilst the farm is closed we have set up a closed Facebook group for our Team Members to join so that we can still chat, share photos etc.

To request to join follow the link

Coronavirus Update - 17 March 2020 - Oak Tree Farm Closed

This is a Joint Communication from Oak Tree Farm Rural Project and New Directions Support

On 16th March 2020 the government updated their advice in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The advice is that those people at increased risk of severe illness from coronavirus should now be particularly stringent in following social distancing measures. This group specifically mentions those people with chronic neurological conditions, such as a learning disability or cerebral palsy.

The advice can be found here.

Given this specific advice, and also the advice from government for people to avoid gatherings in public spaces such as pubs, cinemas, restaurants, theatres, bars, and clubs, the management of both Oak Tree Farm Rural Project and New Directions Support now have no choice but to close the respective services.

We are very sorry to have to take this action but we know that everyone will understand that the health and safety of our Team Members and staff is always our priority.

Both services will be closed until further notice and we will issue further updates via Facebook and our websites. In addition, you can also phone the services for updates.

We are aware that some people may now be caring for vulnerable people and may require help and advice. Whilst the situation is unfolding we would signpost anyone with questions about the virus and what to do, to the NHS 111 site which can be found at

Our best wishes and we hope to see everyone soon

David Moreton: General Manager, Oak Tree Farm Rural Project

Warren Low: Chief Officer, New Directions Support

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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