The Pirbright Nurture Farm
Welcome to Pirbright Nurture Farm!
Pirbright Nurture Farm is a not-for-profit organisation based at Pirbright Village Primary School. It provides valuable pastoral support for children of all ages from throughout the local community. Through animals, we provide therapeutic experiences and structured learning opportunities with social and emotional development as our priority.
The Nurture Farm was created here in the grounds of Pirbright School, during the course of 2019-2020, thanks to funding from the Community Foundation for Surrey, the Guildford Lions and the Military Covenant Fund; and volunteer support from the Woking Community Matters Partnership Project.
The Pirbright Nurture Farm meets four key objectives:
- providing pastoral and social emotional support through structured programs of learning and animal-based intervention;
- providing animal-assisted activities for children and their families from the wider community;
- creating motivating and supportive opportunities for integration for our military community;
- further enriching the curriculum we offer our pupils.
During the build, we were so lucky to have numerous volunteers and resources from our school community to help the whole process run smoothly and despite the lockdowns during 2020, we completed construction in June.
We then made the most of the autumn, welcoming small groups of children to spend time at the farm as well as introducing the farm to numerous headteachers and teachers from a variety of mainstream and specialist schools.
We now welcome children for sessions each week from all around the local area, including Woking, Guildford, Ash and Mytchett.
We welcome children from other local schools, nurseries and organisations and can run bespoke sessions to meet the needs of individuals and small groups. If you work for a local school, charity or organisation and would like to find out more, please contact us via email: email@example.com
We would be very happy to accommodate you!
Pirbright Nurture Farm Information Flyer Summer 2021
Our Nurture Farm Policy 2020-22
Please check out our introductory video, filmed earlier during the summer term which gives you a guide around the farm area:
CONSTRUCTING THE NURTURE FARM
Click here to watch a short video of the project from autumn 2019 to summer 2020:
We would like to thank the Army Training Centre, Alexandra Barracks, for purchasing Rabbit and Guinea Pig housing for our project! We also received a generous donation from DixonSearle. Big thanks go to BMW UK and Dynavics Ltd for giving up their valuable time to help with the construction during the February half-term break. We also received a kind contribution from the Surrey Gardens Trust towards planting around the farm.
A special thanks also goes to Andy Fox of Albatross Carpentry for his time and expertise and John Jenney, Paul Lynch and Tony Ryan for their contribution to the building work.
In addition, there have been many families who have given up their time on weekends and during the school breaks to contribute to the build. Their support has been invaluable!
These contributions made such a difference!
Look out for regular updates on the Nurture Farm Newsletters below.