Longlands Roundhouse Build

by Longlands in Hereford, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 27th July 2018 we successfully raised £9,805 with 51 supporters in 50 days

Longlands is building a unique, eco friendly Roundhouse that will transform our facilities for vulnerable young people

by Longlands in Hereford, England, United Kingdom

6th position in the competition

6th place in the M&S Energy Fund 2018 - Most supporters

3rd position in the competition

3rd place in the M&S Energy Fund 2018 - Most raised

Kit Harington, our patron, is helping Longlands  to raise funds for a new base. We have already changed the lives of many vulnerable young people – your pledges will enable us to support many more. 

Who we are and what we do:

Longlands is a registered charity based on a working livestock farm. Our students have struggled in mainstream school: some have been excluded, many have faced challenges with mental health issues or difficult backgrounds. At Longlands, they work alongside our staff and volunteers developing skills with animals and farm work that lead to real qualifications, allowing them to go on to further education and/or employment. They gain confidence, learn to trust, and improve their communication and social skills.  Our inspirational CEO, Julia Evans, won the BBC Countryfile Farming Hero award in 2016 for her innovative work with disadvantaged young people.

A's story:

"I was thrown out of school when  I was 13.  There was a lot of drugs when I was growing up, and violence.   I was doing drugs at the age of 13.   I was doing class A drugs at 14 years old.  I could have carried on down that route.  I had a girl who I was at school with, the same age as me, and she was involved in a drugs case and nearly got three years in prison.  And  you get stuck in that rut, and if you stay in that environment it becomes normal. 

Longlands was my escape route.  It gives you a break.  You just want someone to show you that there is a life outside of what your life is.  You can’t push a 13 year old kid.    But I definitely think you can show them that there is a life outside what they are doing.  They might not choose to follow it now, but just showing them that there is a life shows them there is a path.  It clears the path.  Definitely.  That’s what saved me. 

Julia was . . .   Julia was Julia.  The horses are great but it’s the people around horses that are the thing.  She’s just very open, and she’ll listen.   And she doesn’t judge.

I then dropped my days here to one day a week and I got some GCSE’s.  It was because Julia got me back on track that I could do it."

Our Roundhouse project

As the number of young people we work with has increased, we have outgrown our base. In order to continue providing services and opportunities to the young people already at Longlands, as well as allowing us to offer more places, we are raising money for a new, all purpose building. 

This new  'Roundhouse'  will provide a nurturing environment for our students to study in. There will be a kitchen and eating area where the young people will be able to partake in cooking activities and come together to share a meal during the day. 

The Roundhouse will also give us quiet, calm space to be able to work with our students on a one to one basis. 

 The Roundhouse itself will be a unique, eco-friendly structure that will offer the space, comfort and facilities much needed to carry out Longlands' work. The building has been designed to keep in character with the local landscape and  will be constructed using natural materials.  

The walls and roof will use locally sources Straw Bales for insulation and be finished using Cob from the site. We will have a wood burner for heat and the project will also incorporate a "Tree Bog" that was recently designed and built by the students at Longlands. It was made completely from recycled materials, including pallets, oven doors for windows, waste sheep wool for insulation and rafters from fallen trees. Inside they used recycled water tank, sink and taps. With willow tree whips cut from the farm and planted around the outside for the roots to absorb the waste.

The plans themselves have been drawn up and planning permission agreed, all that's left now is the build!

What will your money fund?

All of the money raised by you will go towards the cost of the materials and labour to build the roundhouse.  Please pledge what you are able and share this page as widely as you can to get our Roundhouse off the ground! And in return, we have some wonderful rewards, including the chance for a private dinner with Kit Harington! 

Learn more about us and our work

You can learn more about us at www.longlandsfarm.org.uk 

Charity number: 1163084


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

Thank you Email

A thank you email and updates on the progress of the build project

£25 or more

17 of 50 claimed

Signed Photo of Kit Harington

Receive a signed, colour photo of Kit Harington + Thank you email and updates on the progress of the build pro

£75 or more

0 of 5 claimed

25% Discount for Bed & Breakfast

Enjoy a 25% discount on a booking with The Chapel B&B in Bromyard, Herefordshire. www.thechapelbromyard.com +Thank you email and progress updates on the build project

£100 or more

1 of 25 claimed

Photography Lesson

An educational and enjoyable session around Longlands farm with Paul Lack. You will learn photography basics and get the chance to take some wonderful shots of the beautiful surrounding countryside and some of animals! (lessons will be in small groups of 4-5) + Thank you email and progress updates on the build project

£150 or more

1 of 15 claimed

Farm Photo Shoot

Spend a couple of hours on Longlands Farm with photographer Paul Lack, who will capture some fun and unique shots of you and your family/partner/friends on and around the farm and surrounding countryside. You will receive copies of the shots to keep. + Thank you email and progress updates on the build project *Please note Longlands is a working farm so please bear this in mind if you choose to bring small children as part of the photoshoot.

£200 or more

0 of 25 claimed

Aerial Dance Lesson

A session with Everybody Dance on Longlands Farm. Learn the basics of aerial dance on the unique dome rig with Rachael Freeman - www.everybodydance.org.uk + Thank you email and progress updates about the build project.

£250 or more

0 of 20 claimed

A day out at Longlands

You can enjoy a fun day out at Longlands Farm with up to three family/friends including a tour of the farm on our ATVs and a picnic lunch. Get to meet some of the animals and see how the farm runs. + Thank you email and progress updates on the build project

£250 or more

0 of 10 claimed

A meal for 2 at The Green Cow Kitchens

Enjoy a fantastic Taster Menu meal for 2 at the Green Cow Kitchens in Whitbourne - www.greencowkitchens.co.uk *Does not include wine + Thank you email and updates one the progress of the build project

£500 or more

0 of 20 claimed

Invitation to the Grands Opening party

You and a friend will receive an invitation to the Grand Opening of the Roundhouse. Be one of the first to see our exciting new building, meet our staff, volunteers and Patron, Kit Harington. * Date subject to completion of build project

£500 or more

0 of 5 claimed

Weekend on the Farm

Spend the weekend on Longlands farm camping in a Yurt built by our Roundhouse designers. Meals and a tour of the farm are also included + thank You email and updates on the progress of the build project

£200 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Have a character in a novel named after you

Liz Mistry is a UK crime writer with 3 novels published. Pledge the amount shown and have a character in her next novel named after you! You will also receive a free copy of all Liz's books. + Thank you email and progress updates

£5,000 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Private Meal with Kit Harington

Enjoy a gourmet tasting menu with Kit Harington at Green Cow Kitchens in Whitbourne, Herefordshire. www.greencowkitchens.co.uk Donate £10,000 or more and invite up to 8 friends to join you and Kit in the private dining room at Green Cow Kitchens in Whitbourne. *Please note that timing of the above will be subject to Mr Harington's professional schedule

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