I was brought up on an arable farm with about three hundred sheep, and I always helped on the farm, so it has been relatively smooth transition to looking after my own stock, except I never realised as a young person just how stressful lambing time is!

From 1987 – 2009, I was a teacher for East Sussex County Council, then Brighton & Hove City Council and an art psychotherapist with Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust on an working aged adult mental health ward.

In 2009, I left my work for the NHS and branched out to offer therapy on the farm. I got advice from Plumpton Agricultural College, Sustainable farm, which was that I should have the farm production working before bringing vulnerable people onto the farm for therapeutic work. This has been invaluable advice, and gradually I am moving toward being able to offer a group one day a week space on the farm.