Upper Lodge Farming Project: develop independent living, social skills and preparing for employment

Upper Lodge Farming Project is a social enterprise offering a therapeutic care farming service to those wishing to gain experience working and learning on a small farm with animals and in horticulture. 


  • Young adults with learning difficulties/disabilities
  • Young people and adults with mental health difficulties
  • Young people who are excluded or not accessing mainstream education

The Project is situated on a 45-acre working farm in Padworth, West Berkshire, less than 2 miles from the A4 and Aldermaston Station. The farm consists of fields and pasture that are home to a wide range of farm animals, a large polytunnel, vegetable beds and woodlands.

Some of the work we do at the project:

  • Feeding, cleaning, handling and checking farm animals
  • Collecting and counting eggs
  • Growing vegetables and plants in our garden beds and Polytunnel.
  • Pest control, sowing seeds, weeding , harvesting and preparing vegetables for sale
  • Processing produce, jam making, selling produce
  • Fencing, general farm and building maintenance
  • Wildlife, environmental conservation
  • Coppicing, clearing and green woodworking in our woods

Contact information

Upper Lodge Farming Project
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Contact Name
Matthew Randle and Michelle Jenkins
07794 468841 07794 468841 07976 821294 07976 821294


Upper Lodge Farm
Rectory Road
Padworth Common
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When is it On/Open ?

Date & Time Information

Hours are generally between 9.30am to 3.30pm.

Sessions are usually for a minimum of 4 hours per day.

Costs and Fee Information

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Accessing this service

Eligibility Criteria

Please contact us to discuss the referral and arrange a visit.

We encourage potential students to come out so we can meet each other and show you around the farm. We’ll talk to you about our service and give you a better idea of what we offer. We have a referral form to be completed if you decide you want to be a part of the project.

We are fully insured and have the documentation needed to meet local authority requirements. 


Referral required
Who can refer

Provision For

Supporting people with
Mental health conditions
Learning and Communication
Autism Spectrum Conditions
Social Needs
Emotional Needs
Local Offer

Local Offer - Support available for children and young people with additional needs

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