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As part of the Forest of Dean Action Alliance the Orchard Trust are hosting guided walks around their Stowfield smallholding on the 3rd Thursday of every month.

As much a social event as a gentle exercise, the walks will start with some social activity (tea/coffee, cake and biscuits) followed by some gentle exercise, led by a walk leader.  These walks are mainly aimed at people who are living with Dementia and their carers but  are also suitable for those with mobility difficulties who would like to enjoy the outdoors in a safe and supportive environment.

Thanks to recent grant funding the site has a network of level tarmac paths which are wide enough to support two wheelchairs to pass comfortably and for those who use a walking aid to be supported on both sides.  The paths allow all the paddocks and livestock to be easily reached and link up with the sensory garden.  there are plenty of benches to rest along the way and a splendid new all weather gazebo which allows visitors the chance to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere, the wonderful views and the interaction with livestock and the local wildlife.

The Stowfield site also offers facilities for all personal care needs, including electric hoist and a changing table, but visitors must provide their own support staff where needed.

The group meet at 10.30am on the 3rd Thursday at Orchard Trust Smallholding, Upper Stowfield GL17 9PD.

There is no charge for this activity but a donation for refreshments would be appreciated.  If you would like more details about Gentle Country Walks please call Phill on 01594 861359 or email

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News and Events

  • 28/04/2020 2:18pm
  • During these difficult and uncertain times it is comforting to see new life on our smallholding – from lambs and piglet to the natural cycle of the season with fresh leaves and the blossoms of spring.