Haylands Farm, on the outskirts of Ryde, Isle of Wight, is a facility allied to MENCAP which provides a practical working environment for Students with special needs. With a devoted team of professional and volunteer workers, up to 60 students are currently engaged in practical work with added social benefits on the site.
The farm engages students in farm activity and also provides a social environment to allow them to expand their personal capabilities. Farming activity includes horticulture, providing plants for local buyers and municipal authorities, plus animal products arising from pigs, goats and chickens. In addition they also have workshop facilities for practical joinery and provide an aluminium recycling service coping with the vast amount of waste drinks cans arising from many Island Music Festivals.
Filmed and produced by Louis Lawrence.