County Show

In July Haylands Farm had the opportunity to be involved in the County show. We were asked to produce a garden 4 x 4 m with the theme of ‘wildchild’. The garden was produced using planting which supported wildlife and invertebrates. Planting included Salvia, Verbena, Grasses, Dianthus and Echinacea. There was an area to encourage bugs, birds, bats and solitary bees and a bee hive for the aspiring back yard beekeeper.

The timber materials were sponsored by Jewsons. The planting and bug hotel was produced with the help of students and staff within the woodwork and horticultural area. It was erected and planted up over a period of one week and immediately attracted the local wildlife.

The County Show judges awarded our garden a gold medal certificate which we were very pleased with.





Pen Y Fan Sunrise Walk with SVL Adventures

On Friday 3rd August 2018, staff and students from Haylands Farm will be taking part in a sponsored walk. The walk will involve an early start for our students as they embark on a journey to see the sunrise from the summit of Pen Y Fan in Wales.

Students will be expected to walk through the night with the aim of raising funds towards some of the projects we hope to begin in the spring of 2019.

Two of the projects we are hoping to raise funds for are, an area of meadow land to support biodiversity and provide suitable habitat for wildlife, insects and micro-organisms and a small apiary to provide a new learning experience of bee keeping for the students which attend here.

If you would like to offer your support to our students as they embark on this adventure then please sponsor us by clicking on our donate page. Any sponsors made should be labelled ‘sunrise walk’

Thank you for your support.


Kid Goats arrive at Haylands

We had two new arrivals at the farm when one our female goat Lottie delivered a male and female kid in quick succession. Mum did a good job at bonding with her newborns and it wasn’t long before both were on their feet and allowed to suckle. The labour created a great deal of interest among students and staff which did not seem to phase mum at all.

The goats were named Frank and Lisa. They are currently stable bound until they have have been signed off by the vet, when we hope they will be able to enjoy outside adventures in the warm weather.

Photo credit: Darcy Harrison 2018

Cold Weather Warning

We have a cold weather warning in place for the Isle of Wight this week. So for those of you who attend Haylands Farm, we would like to remind you to wear warm clothing and waterproof shoes. Lots of thin layers are better than thick layers, as these will keep you insulated. Hats and Gloves will be useful to keep you warm if you are working outside.

The cold weather is heading our way from Siberia on Thursday and may bring snow to the island. We will try our hardest to remain open. However, if your journey is going to be difficult please do not cause any unnecessary risk to yourself by traveling to the farm.

Stay warm and take care!


Changes to Acute Services

The acute services currently being delivered by St Mary’s Hospital are in the process of being redesigned. IW Mencap has been involved in giving our views on the impact that changes would have on people with learning disabilities at a meeting with Cheryl Souter.  This document is open to comment before final decisions are made by the NHS and council.
If you would like to offer feedback or comments then a document is available for you to view here
All of your feedback will be treated anonymously, which means Cheryl will not give your names when she discusses your views. Please visit for more information.

Christmas Tree Sale



All of our christmas trees are now HALF PRICE.

The trees are fresh cut and island grown. We offer a delivery service to Ryde households for just £3. Please feel free to come and take a look.

Christmas Tree Pricings:

5ft £20 now £10

6ft £24 now £12

8ft £32 now £17

UKSA Support Forest School

The National Citizen Service (NCS) gives 15 to 17 year olds the chance to build skills for work and life. As part of the Phase 3 and 4 Social Action Challenge, the group led by UKSA chose Haylands Farm as their charity.

The students put themselves to work in Forest School. The students helped to update seating and stepping stones ready for SEN primary students who attend Forest School during term time.

Jodie’s Microflight

Haylands Farm was kindly given a micro flight by IW Mencap. In the spring we picked a member of staff out of a hat to take the micro flight. Our staff member Jodie was the lucky victim and she set about raising funds for the farm.

On Saturday 12th August, we had a window of clear weather and Jodie was finally able to take to the skies. Jodie managed to raise over £500 which will go towards a farm outing to thank our wonderful students for all their hard work on the farm!

Ryde Town Council Donation for Accesible Pathways

This August we were awarded a generous donation by Ryde Town Council. The donation of £850 was presented to the farm by former mayor and councillor Henry Adams who chose us as his ‘charity of the year’.

The money will be used to create new accessible pathways for the sensory garden which is to be developed on the farm.

You can find out more about the Sensory Garden Project on the blog post.

Isle of Wight Community Action Awards

Kirk Driscoll, Lewis Woodmoore and Jon Baker

We are very pleased to announce that we won first prize. Well done to all our students, volunteers and staff. Thank you for all your hard work! We would also like to say a big thank you to our local community for supporting us over the years.