The Turner Farm Project entails the development of a 48 acre farm on the outskirts of Swanwick.
The farm is part of an endowment trust, The Turner Educational Charity, and was originally established in 1740 to provide education for poor & disadvantaged children of the locality. It comprises a cottage, farmhouse and outbuildings together with 48 acres of agricultural land.
In recent years the trust was in serious decline until it merged with Valley CiDS in March 2009.
The merger of The Turner Educational Charity with Valley CIDS presented a unique and exciting opportunity to develop a project that would enable today’s young people to reach their full potential.
Our goal continues to be the delivery of a financially viable, environmentally friendly site that creates life-changing opportunities for young people and is of significant benefit to the local and wider community.
We are pressing forward with the redevelopment of the site and, having refurbished the grade 2 listed barn and brought a small number of animals back onto the farm, are currently delivering an expanding programme of KS 3 & 4 alternative education.
We anticipate further significant expansion of the site’s capacity in the next few years to include a KS 1&2 out of school learning programme.