The idea of Future Roots was founded by Julie Plumley in 2006. She grew up on a dairy farm in Dorset, and qualified as a social worker in 1998 and felt that the young people she was helping through troubled times would benefit from learning & development in a farm environment.
In 2008 she made this vision into reality by setting up Future Roots based at Rylands Farm. The goal is clear: to build the wellbeing and resilience of everyone who takes part in the programmes and to help them progress and achieve their potential. The idea of resilience, to bounce back from adversity in a positive way, underpins all of the activities and enables Future Roots to be effective in their goal.
Today we deliver our services at two sites in Dorset: Rylands Farm and Whitfield. Both sites can accommodate wheelchair users, but if personal care is required then an individual carer will be required.
The staff are all level 3 qualified in different aspects of care learning or therapeutic interventions and have extensive experience of working with young people who have poor social, emotional & behavioral traits
Rylands Farm is a 30-acre livestock farm near Sherborne in Dorset. At Rylands we breed pedigree Simmental cattle and we also have goats, sheep, donkeys, rabbits, chickens, ducks and some unusual breeds of pig. The site offers animal-assisted therapy and most of our accredited vocational programmes, but we also do some horticulture, building skills and craft providing courses for all ages & abilities. More about Rylands Farm…
In 2014 we expanded to Whitfield near Dorchester in Dorset. This has allowed us to accommodate the growing demand for our services and to broaden the range of activities we offer. Whitfield is a four-acre site with extensive horticultural facilities, woodworking, art and pottery rooms as well as a large kitchen. More about Whitfield…
Due to the NHS desire to sell the Whitfield site this has now been handed back to the NHS in November 2017 after 4 years as a second Future Roots site.
Accreditation and Registrations
Future Roots Ltd is a company limited by guarantee in England and Wales no. 6718373, however we run charitable programs. Rylands Farm programmes are accredited by The Countryside Educational Visits Accreditation Scheme (CEVAS) and we hold a Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge. Future Roots is also registered with Ofsted as a provider of childcare on non-domestic premises (no. EY409323). Future Roots also has Care farming UK code of Practice. Future Roots also train other farms in therapeutic section of CEVAS and mentoring farms on the code of practice.Future Roots is fully insured with public liability up to 10 million.
In 2008 Rylands was awarded the Bayer CropScience / Farming & Countryside Education (FACE) ‘Access’ award and in 2011 we won the ‘Careers on the Farm’ award and ‘The Very Best in Farming Education’ award. You can watch our awards video below: