More than the classrooms, workshop and equipment, Merryhue Farm is a place where a person can find space, quietness, acceptance and renewal.
Transferable Skills Training is situated on a hundred and twenty-four-acre farm. Merryhue Farm has been farmed in an environmentally sensitive way for over sixty years and as such boosts a hugely diverse range of habitats which include semi ancient woodlands, meadow lands, heathland willow carr and marshland.
As a result of having such a rich diversity of habitat, Merryhue has a wide range of wildlife such as otters, fallow, red and sika deer, kingfishers, barn owls and badgers, all of whom have found sanctuary on the farm.
Merryhue is a working farm with a wide variety of livestock and poultry including alpacas, pigs, ducks, geese, chickens and quail.
Transferable Skills Training has a number of dedicated teaching workshop, including a fully equipped carpentry workshop and a construction workshop with classroom where learners are taught the skills to help them find employment within the construction industry.
Land based Skills Workshop
Students have use of a wide range of practical tools used to carry out conservation and land management tasks. Much of the work undertaken by volunteers is carried out supporting conservation charities such as the Woodland Trust or Dartmoor National Park.
TST has a turf roofed log roundhouse, built by former students and situated in woodland between the lake and the river Lyhner. The roundhouse is often used as an informal teaching space, particularly for topics such as problem solving and team building.
There is a dedicated teaching space giving full access to laptops and tablets. The office and kitchen area are also situated in the farmhouse.