Patchwork Farm

Patchwork Farm is now open!

With thanks to the generous support of our local community we have been able to develop part of a large field on our site into a fantastic multi-sensory learning environment where young people can interact with animals, learn about animal care, and experience new sights, sounds, textures and smells.

Patchwork Farm, a therapeutic care farm, has been designed specifically to meet the needs of young people with complex disabilities, with fully accessible wheelchair friendly walkways, a raised viewing platform and a covered Outdoor Learning Centre.

Patchwork Farm’s new residents include sheep, goats, pigs, donkeys, rabbits, guinea pigs, chickens and ducks. As well as providing the young people at Chailey Heritage Foundation with a wonderful learning resource, in time we will also be opening up the Farm to other local schools.

Continued support for this project will be needed to help cover the costs of caring for the animals, as well as developing the site further over the coming months and years.

Get Involved - Sponsor an animal

You can support Patchwork Farm by sponsoring an animal for as little as £2 per month. 

Small & Furry - £2 per month (Rabbits, Guinea Pigs, Chickens & Ducks) 

Cute & Cuddly - £4 per month (Sheep & Goats)

Large & Loud - £6 per month (Donkeys & Pigs)

In return for your donation you will receive a Sponsorship Certificate, a Fact Sheet about your animal and Patchwork Farm Newsletters to keep you up to date with all the goings on down on the farm.

To sponsor an animal simply download our Animal Sponsorship and Standing Order Form which we will then forward on to your bank. You can cancel your donation at any time by contacting your bank directly.

Get Involved - Make a donation

We are currently fundraising to cover the costs of adding: 

  • A feed storage shed, ensuring that the Outdoor Learning Centre can remain a spacious area for the young people to learn and interact with animals;
  • A new field shelter to house our donkeys; 
  • An Outdoor Classroom/reception area which will be used both for our pupils, and to enable us to begin welcoming visiting groups from outside Schools.  

To make a donation towards this please visit our JustGiving page: www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/chs/patchwork 

For more information, please contact the Fundraising Office on 01825 724444 (ext.718) or by email to fundraising@chf.org.uk.

Get involved - Group Visits

Patchwork Farm welcomes groups from nurseries and preschools, both mainstream and special schools as well as other community groups. Sessions can be adapted to suit the needs of the young people or specific learning outcomes of the group.

Patchwork Farm is wheelchair accessible and visitors have access to fully equipped hygiene areas with hoists. 

For more information about group visits please get in touch now 

Tel: 01825 724 444 ext 137

Email: patchworkfarm@chf.org.uk

Get involved - Volunteering

Patchwork Farm is supported by a lovely team of volunteers who help with the day-to-day care of the animals. Email our Volunteer Co-ordinator, Kerrie Smart-Jones HERE if you are interested in joining our team.

Thank you to our funders

•    The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development via the Central Sussex LEADER Local Action Group
•    Southern Water
•    Chandlers Building Supplies

As well as: The CLA Charitable Trust; The Shanly Foundation; Gatwick Airport Community Trust; Grassington Farm; Howdens – Uckfield; The Lamb, Piltdown; Woodingdean Bowls Club; Uckfield & District Lions Club, Haywards Heath Lions Club, Rotary Club of Seaford, Uckfield Community Orchestra, Cockhaise Farm, The Past & Present Lodge 2665, 1st Southgate Scouts, 2nd Southwater Beavers and the many individuals who have donated towards the project.



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Chailey Heritage Foundation works in partnership with Chailey Clinical Services, part of Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust. They provide medical intervention, clinical expertise and a range of therapies on-site for our children, young people and young adults.

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