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HANDS ON: left to right, learning to cook at Jamie’s Farm, centre, Great Chalfield Manor which is hosting a plant sale in May to raise money for Jamie’s Farm, and right, enjoying the chance to learn about where food comes from – the farm has 60 hens which provide the community with fresh eggs

second Jamie’s Farm. As the boys tuck into their banana bread we’re all chatting. They are full of enthusiasm and think the farm is ‘brilliant’ – the best things so far have been riding on a tractor, lighting a fire in the woods and cooking on it, and doing some horse whispering with Tish. She is full of praise: “You were so good, the horse really responded well to your voice,” she tells one lad, who stands taller and smiles under her compliment. Tish is the horse whisperer of lost boys and girls, the confident and supportive voice that they clearly respond to at a very profound level. But what happens when these children go home and return to their schools? Within six weeks staff from Jamie’s visit them and ask them what they’ve benefited from their farm stay. “They often tell us, when we ask what they remember most, they insist ‘all of it!’ – that’s how much impact it has had.”

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Some of the effects can be measured in statistics. Over 80% of children had fewer behaviourial incidents, for instance, and 68% were no longer at risk of exclusion a year on from their time at Jamie’s Farm. Other effects are self explanatory. One boy insists he doesn’t want to go on the daily afternoon communal walk. But there is no dramatic scene and within half an hour he’s tramping down a field in the Box Valley with the rest of the group, chatting and fooling around. You can help Jamie’s Farm by attending the charity plant fair at Great Chalfield Manor, three miles from Bradford-on-Avon (postcode SN12 8NH) on Sunday 5 May. This annual event at the manor gardens will include a sale of specialist plants, a cake stall and a hog roast of a pig raised on the farm, with proceeds going towards continuing the good work being done at Jamie’s Farm. Find out more at: www.jamiesfarm.org.uk. ■

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