Supporting Farming, Family, Therapy and Legacy for Bath-based Youth Charity

Our team, led by Principal Fire Engineer, Alex Farrelly-Waters has been supporting an amazing youth charity to develop its newest site, just outside of Bath. Jamie’s Farm was started by Jamie Feilden after a period in teaching, and his mum Tish, a former teacher and psychotherapist, in 2010 at the inaugural farm in Ditteridge. It has been transforming young people’s lives through its unique residential programme which is built around its core elements of Farming, Family, Therapy and Legacy. 

OFR has been assisting Jamie’s Farm with the design of their newest venture – the redevelopment of Lower Shockerwick Farm into a new residential site which includes a Grade II listed farmhouse with 2 upper floors and a single staircase. Alex said: “Our input has been vital in discussions with the local planners and building control to understand how the heritage aspects can be preserved while also providing a robust fire strategy. I have been working closely with Jamie’s Farm and architects Hetreed Ross to incorporate effective fire engineered solutions to work towards this goal.”

Last month, Alex was invited to spend time onsite at the original Ditteridge farm where he had the opportunity to see this innovative operation in action. On a weekly basis, the charity welcomes groups of young people who may be at risk of social or academic exclusion to their farms, where they can learn about agriculture, cooking, nature and more. Ensuring a wide reach of engagement and community impact, the charity has sites all around England and Wales including in Hereford, Monmouth, Skipton and Waterloo.

Alex added: “Spending time with the team here at Jamie’s Farm was truly inspiring – especially hearing the stories of so many children and young adults being given the time and respect to express themselves and learn about these essential parts of life in a safe space. I was even lucky enough to receive the Jamie’s Farm cookbook, which is a recipe book compiled from recipes provided by the hundreds of residents the farm has had over the years. The animals were also adorable – the pigs especially were my favourite!”

For more information about Jamie’s Farm click here.