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Annagh Social Farm
  • Address: 430 Belturbet Road, Derrylin, Enniskillen, BT92 9BR
  • Contact: Simon and Jennifer Bullock
  • Email: aghalane@gmail.com
  • Phone: +44 (28) 6774 8279
  • Mobile: 07771580387
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Type of Farm

Mixed – beef, ducks and hens, pigs, woodland, wild bird and moth conservation, vegetable/fruit harvesting.
The farmland in Fermanagh extends to just over 100 acres of grazing lands. On the arrival of the children, it was decided that a slower pace was needed and we dispersed our Ayreshire/Friesian milking herd in 2009 and raised a suckler cow–beef herd.

Background

The farm at Aghalane, Derrylin, Co.Fermanagh is situated off the A509 road along the Woodford River which forms the Erne/Shannon waterway and acts as the Fermanagh (Northern Ireland) / Cavan (Republic of Ireland) border. The farmhouse is a traditional stone-built, reed thatched, whitewashed cottage. Once a common style in Ulster, it is now one of approximately 100 that remain, of which very few are still used as family homes. The cottage is the centre of a square of traditional stone barns that have been recently refurbished.

The surrounding cottage gardens are filled with mature trees which have been planted by the family over the years starting with the current owner’s great-grandfather who once worked at Kew Gardens, and was the estate gardener for the Earls of Erne. We feed wild birds to encourage breeding on the farm and have a host of visiting water birds to our pond, such as Kingfishers, Herons, and Whopper swans.

We also have the care of a ruined stone 17th-century plantation castle on our farm, which was the home of the Creighton family before they moved three miles down the river to Crom Bay and took on the title of Earls of Erne.

Farm Activities Offered To Participants

Programme times: January to December
Every Monday and Tuesday
Times: 10.00am – 3.00pm

Spring

  • Vegetable and herb planting
  • Soft and tree fruit planting
  • Flower bed planting and seedbed preparation
  • Assisting with cattle/sheep/pig farm activities
  • Feeding ducks and hens
  • Moth trapping, identification, recording, and releasing
  • Butterfly identification and recording
  • Erection of protective fencing
  • Selling and buying of cattle
  • Art Programme

Summer

  • Window box construction
  • Maintaining woodland areas, flower beds, and water areas to provide the ideal habitat for wildlife
  • Assisting with sheep farm activities and cattle husbandry
  • Feeding ducks and hens
  • Moth trapping, identification, recording and releasing
  • Butterfly identification and recording
  • Managing planting and harvesting in the greenhouses
  • Drainage maintenance to enhance wetland habitat
  • Art Programme

Autumn

  • Wild bird feeding and identification
  • Assisting with cattle/sheep farm activities
  • Vegetable and herb harvesting
  • Soft and tree fruit harvesting
  • Feeding ducks and hens
  • Chop sticks and woodland management
  • Art Programme
  • Butterfly identification

Winter

  • Wild bird feeding, identification and bird counts
  • Window box and raised beds construction
  • Other wooden constructions as required
  • Feeding ducks and hens
  • Chop sticks
  • Hedge laying and replanting
  • Fencing
  • Painting garden furniture and fittings
  • Jam making and baking
  • Art Programme

Through engaging in these activities participants not only develop farming skills, but also social skills, confidence, and the ability to work as a team in the workplace, out in the community.

About Us

Simon and Jennifer Bullock live on the farm with their three children. Simon is the fifth generation of the Bullock family to live and work on this farm. After attending Agricultural College, Simon has improved the farm while maintaining the natural environment and currently manages the beef herd. Simon has experience in working with people with disabilities through the Riding for the Disabled and Assistance Dogs Northern Ireland.

Jennifer was brought up on a farm and also loves the outdoor environment. As a Senior Occupational Therapist, Jennifer has experience treating and working with people who have physical and learning disabilities and people with mental health issues. Jennifer was recognised as ‘An Individual Who Has Made a Difference’ by the Fermanagh Rural Community Network and was awarded the cup for 2019. Also, Simon and Jennifer both have personal experience of the joys and challenges of caring for loved ones with a disability.

Volunteers help out on the farm and work as part of the team.

Social Farming

This case study video was produced as part of the Erasmus+ project ‘SoEngage Plus’ (2020-2022):

 

Annagh Social Farm was selected as one of the pilot farms in the Social Farming Across Borders (SoFAB) project in 2013. Since the project, Simon and Jennifer have continued to welcome people with learning disabilities and mental health issues through different funding routes.  Annagh Social Farm was awarded a Certificate of Recognition in 2019 at the Fermanagh Rural Community Network awards and has hosted study groups, international students, and special needs schools.

Annagh Social Farm Vision
To have an integrated society where everyone is respected, valued, and supported.

Annagh Social Farm Mission
To enable those who avail of supports and wish to live and/or work on a rural farm, to actively participate in purposeful farm activities and be a valued person in that community.

In addition to the Social Farming activity at Aghalane, Co.Fermanagh Simon and Jennifer own a farm in Aughnacloy, Co.Tyrone, where successful Social Farming activities for people with learning disabilities in cooperation with the local Health Trust have taken place. An action plan is currently underway to develop supported living in this location to compliment Social Farming activities.

Where To Find Us

Helpline

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Support Line:

0800 138 1678

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