Haylands Farm was a project founded in 1976, under the auspices of Isle Of Wight Mencap. The Farm, which is located on the outskirts of Ryde, is a work based training centre for people with learning and physical disabilities. We also have a charity shop in Ryde town where we sell our plants, woodwork, bric-à-brac, books, clothes and furniture, either restored or ready for restoring as a project.
Members of the public being able to come for a look round between the hours of 10am and 3pm Monday to Friday. While you are here you are able to pet the animals, which can sometimes include chicks, take a tour through the various workshops and greenhouses and also purchase the fresh eggs, plants and various hand-made wooden items from the shop.
The Farm project has developed steadily since opening and we provide activities in the fields of:
Horticulture; soil preparation prior to planting, planting, maintenance of a wide variety of plants including flowers, vegetables, shrubs and trees in a mixed environment. There is also an opportunity to work on market stall once a week in season, with a member of staff, selling our plant produce. We make-up hanging baskets either for local contracts or for sale to the general public and for community functions.
Agriculture; animal care, associated with chickens, goats, pony, pigs, ducks, guinea pigs and rabbits. Activity also includes maintaining poultry facilities and the care and maintenance of animal farm buildings.
Woodwork; general carpentry skills, making projects out of wood either for themselves or for sale including making bird boxes/tables, house signs and planters. We can also make other items if possible., or restoration of donated furniture ready for sale. Students will use traditional and modern hand tools.
Other activities include:
- Classic car restoration and maintenance
- Work experience at our charity shop
- Bicycle maintenance
- Forestry activities
- Cooking/ life skills
A project started last year was Aquaponics. The simplest definition of aquaponics is the combination of aquaculture (raising fish) and hydroponics (the soil-less growing of plants) that grows fish and plants together in one integrated system. The fish waste provides an organic food source for the plants, and the plants naturally filter the water for the fish. We hope to produce strawberries and some vegetables by this method all year round.
Currently, we are in the process of renovating the farm house, which will be a supported living property. We are hoping to get this completed early next year.
A future project, we are hoping to get established will be a Pottery.
We welcome people to come have a stroll round, saying hello to our animals or to buy from our woodwork shop and ever-growing plant nursery.
Company registration number IWMencap: 05186761
Charity registration number IWMencap: 254407