Visiting the small holding


We are registered small holders and we have 8 goats, 17 chickens and 6 ducks on our small holding.


Having grown up in a huge farming community in the Cotswolds, I have a huge love of animals. I wanted to recreate these opportunities my own children and then for the children in my care. My family kept chickens in our garden and my Grandma had cows and geese on her farm.


I love teaching children how to treat all animals with the respect that they deserve and also to value their lives, however small they may be. I believe that children should have responsibility from a young age and helping to care for a living creature gives children the opportunity to grow into a responsible, social and confident adult.


When we visit the small holding, the children can get involved in the care of the animals, whether it is helping carry fresh hay into the goat pen, collecting the duck or chickens eggs or chopping up some fresh vegetables for them as a treat.


As well as animals on our small holding, we grow some vegetables. We also use our land to pick blackberries and rosehips to make into delicious compotes or syrups or to feed to the animals. We make mint and nettle tea from our foraging and the children love to eat hawthorn leaves! There is nothing like harvesting your own food to eat raw or cook and eat it straight away. What is more natural and delicious than that?

Contact us here:

As we spend most of our times outdoors, please contact me on my mobile.

Tonia: 07876 069570


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Jack and Gill Childcare and Forest School

2 Gaskyns lodge

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RH12 3HJ

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