Growing together…

Growing together…

Depden Care Farm Suffolk

The Care Farm sits on the edge of the small village of Depden, about 15mins drive from Bury St Edmunds, Newmarket and Haverhill. Located in Suffolk’s glorious countryside and easily accessible off the A143, the six-acre smallholding is a haven offering a rich and beneficial experience for everyone who visits. 

Care Services: Farm based
therapy, education and training

Depden Care Farm offers therapeutic placements to adults with learning disabilities or acquired brain injuries.
Our clients (who become our Farm Helpers) are offered the chance for structured outdoor activity, education and training through tailored and supervised involvement in horticulture, agriculture and, where appropriate, helping with the livestock.
Our rural idyll is home to a selection of animals from horses and donkeys, to pigs, sheep and goats. Hens and ducks are free to wander in the orchard, and this much loved and well-cared for menagerie ensures that animal assisted therapy can be added to our programme.

Care Farm Events

Christmas tree sale

Christmas trees on sale from November 26th

Charity Christmas trees available now. Great quality. Great prices. Great cause.

Nordman Fir (non drop) and traditional Norway Spruce

Coronavirus Update: We are Open!

Following the announcements at the weekend of a national lockdown from Thursday,  it is our intention to remain open for farm helpers providing we are able to keep people safe, maintain our covid security and that everyone can continue to follow published guidelines. ...

Please come to our 2020 AGM

Owing to the coronavirus, this year’s AGM will take via Zoom on Friday 1st October 4pm Everyone with an interest in Depden Care Farm is warmly invited to join us.  You will need an internet enabled device.  Please email Tim via the contacts page and he will email you...

Artist in Residence Open Studio

Artist in Residence, see Henry Driver’s work at the Farm – 22nd , 23rd, 29th and 30th June We are delighted that Henry Driver is our first Artist in Residence at the farm. The work he creates and by workshop participants will be inspired by the farm and explore our...

Veg Shed Fridays 1pm – 4pm

The Veg Shed is open Friday afternoons selling seasonal fruit and vegetables grown on the farm and harvested that day.Turner’s Fish van also visits 2pm-4pm selling fresh Lowestoft fish

Volunteer Working Parties

Our working parties continue throughout the most of the year, usually on a Saturday morning, about once a month. Join a growing band of people tackling key tasks on the farm with home made cake, tea/coffee, chat and laughter. Jobs vary, but they are all jobs that...


“Could I take this opportunity to say a huge thankyou to you and your staff team for making Xs’ first week back at the farm (after lockdown) a very enjoyable one. He has loved being back and was delighted to find his favourite cakes were available today!

I think the hats are great, what a fantastic visual prompt to keep your distance and I feel very reassured with all the safety measures you have put in place.  Also I would like to give thanks again to Jayne whose support over the past weeks has been a real lifeline.  Thanks Tim.  Depden is an amazing place and you and Mark have worked so hard to keep the farm running and looking pristine through lockdown.”


“Depden care farm offers a warm, welcoming, supportive environment. Tim and his staff team are clearly committed and passionate about their work.

Attending the farm has  huge positive benefits for my son. It has built confidence, improved sleep patterns, appetite,  and physical stamina. It has given him a feeling of being useful and a sense of purpose. He has developed many different skills and resilience. 
Spending time at the farm has motivated and inspired him. It has reduced feelings of anxiety and isolation. The farm offers purpose and structure to his day. A safe place where he feels respected and liked. A place where my son can be himself.”

At Depden Care Farm:

“we care for our Farm Helpers, farm, animals and each
other in equal measure” – Tim Freathy

Funded by the "Henry Smith County Grants" through Suffolk Community Foundation