The History of Thornwood
Back in 2015, I was working as a lecturer in Animal Studies at a local college and although I loved my work, I knew I was ready for a change. I set up a small animal education business, delivering animal workshops in school and from there the magic of Thornwood began.
I fell into alpacas, not sure how but I think they do that to you! I started with a small herd of four to begin the alpaca trekking side of things and the farm now has a herd of sixteen alpacas who play various roles. Alpaca trekking is just one element of Thornwood and provides opportunities for members of the public to visit our herd, take them out for a walk in the countryside and spend time in their company.
Thornwood Care Farm CIC was set up in 2018 as a not-for-profit company offering animal assisted activities to communities, groups and individuals. In 2020 we will launch our new day service and will see funding bids going in for therapeutic horticulture and other educational and wellbeing projects.
Our growing team at Thornwood are who drive us forward to ebsure we are offering an inclusive service to adults and young people who will really benefit from being involved in our farm.