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Trefoil Montessori Farm School
Ages 5-11 years.

Ashwood Farm, West Hoathly Road, East Grinstead, RH19 4ND

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The Main Barn

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Derelict Farm

The kitchen in 2006

The kitchen in 2012

Ashwood Farm takes its name from the large amounts of Ash trees which surround it and the 8 acre woodland which belongs to it. The farm used to belong to a local trust who used it as a teaching facility and was the first biodynamic farm in the country. The trust moved and then the farm became derelict in the 1970's. In 2006, Wendy and Patrick Vickerman purchased Ashwood Farm. There were no useable buildings on the site and the fields were totally overgrown with shrubs, weeds and brambles. Over the years the farm has been developed and there are now three buildings. All of the buildings have been built using sustainable materials. Wendy and Patrick are committed to develop the whole project using low impact design, traditional building methods and local materials. The school is fuelled by woodburning stoves sourced from their own woods. They have planted many fruit trees of all kinds and this has been inspired by permaculture, Victorian gardening and farming methods.

Ashwood Farm is extremely well placed, being close to town for local transport links and amenities and also for the local countryside. Ashdown Forest is famous for the Winnie the Pooh stories.

The farm has a beautiful kitchen garden and it has many ducks, geese, Kune Kune pigs, Jacob and Portland sheep, which the children of the farm school care for at lunch time.

School Address:

Trefoil Montessori Farm School
Ashwood Farm
West Hoathly Road
West Sussex
RH19 4ND

Tel: 01342 316129
p.vickerman@btinternet.com

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