Oak Farm: A Brief Outline

Oak Farm logoOak Farm, in the picturesque village of Ditton Priors, is a working farm run by Shropshire Council.  It is a day service for adults with learning disabilities who live in South Shropshire.  People who use the service travel from Bridgnorth, Ludlow, Church Stretton and the surrounding areas.

Oak Farm is a 12 hectare (30 acres) smallholding run on organic principles, producing high quality vegetables and fruit, some of which is made into jams and chutneys on site.  It also has livestock, including sheep, pigs, alpacas, rabbits and a pony, as well as a flock of 150 free-range laying hens.  

Oak Farm sells its fruit, vegetables, eggs and preserves from its own farm shop, and through other local outlets.

Oak Farm provides training and work experience in horticulture and agriculture for people who may move on to permanent employment, and a supportive placement for others who, because of their disability, are unlikely to seek mainstream work.  

Oak Farm seeks to maximise opportunities for service users and foster a spirit of integration with the local community.

Oak Farm offers an Animal Care course for people attending the farm, run by Shrewsbury College of Arts and Technology.  Students undertake their training at the farm.

Activities at Oak Farm

  • Growing-plantsHusbandry work (with sheep, pigs and chickens)
  • Producing fruit and vegetables
  • Jam and chutney making
  • Making hanging baskets
  • Gardening (plants, vegetables and herbs)
  • Walking activities run by a walking group
  • Working in partnership with Ditton Priors Parish Council to help enhance and maintain the village


Things we need – information on secondhand equipment needed – also volunteers!


Contact Oak Farm

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Please contact or visit the farm between 9.00am and 4.00pm, Monday to Friday.  

Manager: Stuart Toulson

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T: 01746 712352 or 712542

M: No mobile network in Ditton Priors

P: Oak Farm, Station Road, Ditton Priors, Shropshire WV16 6SS

When telephoning please bear in mind that often all staff are in the fields or outbuildings, so the telephone will not be heard.  If there is no answer, please leave a message and staff will respond as soon as possible.

Visitors are always most welcome - especially if they let us know in advance, so that someone is available to greet them.  

Parking: There is limited parking inside the farm entrance.  If this is full, please use the village hall car park, 100 yards along on the other side of the road.