The farm at Aghalane, Derrylin, Co Fermanagh is situated off the A509 road along the Woodford River which forms the Erne /Shannon waterway and acts as the Fermanagh (NI) / Cavan (ROI) border. The farm house is a traditional stone built, reed thatched, whitewashed cottage .Once a common style in Ulster, it is now one of approximately 100 that remain, of which very few are still used as family homes. The cottage is the centre of a square of traditional stone barns that have been refurbished.
The surrounding cottage gardens are filled with mature trees which have been planted by the family over the years .We feed wild birds to encourage breeding on the farms and have a host of visiting water birds to our pond, such as Kingfishers, Herons and Whopper swans.
The farm at Aughnacloy, Co.Tyrone is situated one mile along the Armagh road at Glencrew. The main house is a Georgian listed house
with traditional stone barns, linked by pathways to a small labourer’s cottage, known as “Pegs Cottage“.
Simon and Jennifer Bullock live on the farm at Aghalane, Derrylin, Co.Fermanagh with their 3 children. Simon is the fifth generation of the Bullock family to live and work on this farm. After attending Agricultural college, Simon has improved the farm while maintaining the natural environment and currently manages the beef herd on the Aghalane farm. Simon has experience in working with people with disabilities through the Riding for the Disabled, and Assistance Dogs Northern Ireland.
Jennifer was brought up on a farm and also loves the outdoor environment. As a senior Occupational Therapist, Jennifer has experience treating and working with people who have physical and learning disabilities and people with mental health issues. Also, Jennifer and Simon both have personnel experience of the joys and challenges of caring for loved ones with a disability.
In 2011 we welcomed people with learning disabilities into “Pegs Cottage” at Aughnacloy.
In 2014 our Fermanagh farm was chosen as one of the ten N.Ireland hosts for the Social Farming Across Borders (SOFAB) project. We continue to welcome people with learning disabilities each week. Annagh Social Farm has close links with Social Farming Ireland and the Social Farm Support Coordinator for N.Ireland.
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Open to the public - details: Variable opening hours/pre-arranged visits/events or open days only
Friday, January 7, 2022 - 09:00 to Friday, January 21, 2022 - 17:00
The care farming for mental health course explores how care farming can meet the needs of those with living with mental ill health as part of a health, social care or education programme.
On this course you will:
Learn how care farming can benefit...
Lead by our Growing Schools team, Heidi Seary and Keeley Smith will look at the benefits of gardening and farming in schools and working effectively in partnerships with schools.
Our monthly webinars for SF&G members take place on the 3rd...
Friday, January 28, 2022 - 09:00 to Friday, February 11, 2022 - 17:00
Learn how care farming can benefit people with depression and anxiety as part of a health, social care or education programme.
On this course you will:
Learn how care farming can benefit young people with anxiety and depression, and how these...
'The Resilience of the Community Growing Sector in Northern Ireland' Report has been published this week and is now available to view.
The report was completed by Social Farms & Gardens in June 2020 during the Covid 19 pandemic...
Chris Blythe, Social Farms & Gardens Director since April 2017, has left the organisation for new and different opportunities.
Preceding his appointment as Director Chris served as a trustee, and along with the board helped oversee the...
We are delighted to announce that Social Farms & Gardens has been selected to lead the 'Growing Care Farming' Project.
This project is part of the £10m Children and Nature Programme being supported by Defra, funded by the Department of Education...
Nature's Path competition winners Lavender Place Community Garden will be unveiling their new "Nature's Path Wellbeing Garden" at a launch event on Friday 20th August in Reading.
Social Farms & Gardens partnered with Nature's Path to support the...
A major new report shows compelling evidence that the ‘green care’ offered by many Federation of City Farm and Community Gardens members can help people with mental ill-health and contributes to a reduction in levels of anxiety, stress and...