Project affiliate - Aviva Plc logo image

Shamblehurst School Farm

by Elliott Anderson in Hedge End, England, United Kingdom

Shamblehurst School Farm
We did it
On 6th December 2018 we successfully raised £445 with 10 supporters in 35 days

We will engage children with the natural environment, creating opportunities to learn about sustainability and increase wellbeing.

by Elliott Anderson in Hedge End, England, United Kingdom

At Shamblehurst School we know that children’s mental health and wellbeing are as important as, and have a substantial impact upon, their attainment. We are working hard to promote and improve mental wellbeing in all of our children, and this project is a central aspect of this work. We are raising funds to build a ‘School Farm’ with an outdoor learning area, allotment, orchard, pygmy goats, chickens and bees. We believe the benefits are so important and compelling that we intend not just to bring them to our school, but to share our experiences and produce with the local community and to showcase our success to other schools, to inspire them to start their own school farming journey.

Research shows that spending time in nature, connecting with others, and the opportunity to be creative, are all crucial for good mental health and wellbeing (New Economics Foundation 2008). The School Farm project will be part of a wide-ranging, fully embedded approach by the school, which also includes the Daily Mile and sleep promotion. Every child in the school will benefit from this project, developing skills across maths, science and social education, collaboratively planning and achieving their goals. We will plant an orchard to attract pollinators as well as providing a range of fruit. We will grow vegetables that we can use in our school kitchen, and sell to the local community, promoting enterprise. We will care for and learn about animals as well as producing eggs and honey. The children will be involved at every stage of this project, from designing the allotment to caring for the animals; learning how to cook with the produce and selling at a farmers’ market.

Studies show that there are benefits to children who face additional challenges in their home life from caring for animals, building trust and empathy. Care of the goats, chickens and bees will be shared, promoting consideration of animal welfare and an opportunity to build understanding and relationships with the animals for children who may not have a pet.

Planning and growing flowers, fruit and veg allows children to be in the moment and re-engage with the natural world around them, particularly if they do not have this opportunity at home, or don't have access to a garden. They will learn about growing techniques, and gain an understanding of where food comes from and the effort it takes to grow. They will experience the satisfaction of watching their plants grow and tasting how delicious they are at harvest time. Children will gain an appreciation of the benefits of eating seasonally, and the importance of not wasting the food they have grown.

By working together and helping each other, children will be able to build their knowledge and share it with others. We will encourage the children to pass on their skills and knowledge to their family and start to grow their own food at home too.

We aim to inspire a real, sustainable change, the impact of which will go far beyond our school community.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£25 or more

£25 Reward - Meet the goats!

We will arrange for you to come and meet the goats for half an hour. You can learn more about them, feed them and take them for a walk! This is suitable for a group of four or five people, so ideal for a family group. We will be in touch to arrange a date suitable for both parties.

£10 or more

£10 Reward - Enormous sense of wellbeing

We appreciate every donation, and thank you for helping to make this amazing project happen. We will list every contributor in a special newsletter.

£25 or more

£25 Reward - Meet the chickens!

Come and meet our chickens! We will arrange for you to come in and learn about our chickens, feed them and have a play with them..and maybe even find some eggs! This is suitable for a group of four or five people, so ideal for a family. We will arrange a half hour slot to suit both parties.

£250 or more

0 of 5 claimed

£250 Reward - Sponsor a pygmy goat!

Small, furry, fun and cheeky, what's not to like? You can sponsor one of the Shamblehurst pygmy goats! We will send pictures and update to you so you know how your goat is getting on. We will also arrange for you to have visits to spend quality time with your goat, feeding, walking and generally having fun with them. You can bring your family along too! All timings to be arranged to suit both parties.

£300 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£300 Reward - Sponsor the chicken house!

This is an opportunity to support our chickens by sponsoring their house! This is suitable for an individual, family or business. You can name the chicken house and we will feature a sign to thank you for your sponsorship. We can arrange for visits to the chickens and any photos or similar that you would like for publicity, etc.

£500 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£500 Reward - Sponsor the Goat house!

You can sponsor Goat HQ! Suitable for an individual or business sponsor, you can name Goat HQ and we will display a sign thanking you for your sponsorship. We can arrange visits or other promotional activities that we can discuss. Our pygmy goats will thank you!

Got an idea like this?

Our crowd has raised over £60 million for bright ideas and good causes.