Gosling Sike Farm - explore, learn, grow.

ordan and Kate, trainees with the Trust, at Gosling Sike Farm gaining skills

A small farm delivering big benefits for people; improving health and well-being through food growing and access to green space, sharing skills to encourage more people to take action for nature and to bring people from different backgrounds together.

Our plans for Gosling Sike Farm are firmly focussed on involving young people from all sections of the community and delivering learning andskills programmes aimed at young people, volunteers and the wider community.Donate for wildlife in the future

Our recent work to support young people with training and finding employment in the conservation sector has been phenomenally successful. It has clearly demonstrated that, with your help, there is an important role for Cumbria Wildlife Trust to play in passing on knowledge and skills to the future guardians of wildlife in Cumbria.

In 2009, Susan Aglionby OBE gifted Gosling Sike Farm to Cumbria Wildlife Trust. This gift safeguards the future of this organic farm as a place people can visit, explore and learn. 

Our dream is for this small farm in Carlisle to bring big benefits for people; improving health and well-being through food growing and access to green space, sharing traditional skills to encourage more people to take action for nature and creating a more inclusive society by bringing people from different backgrounds together.

The farm already offers a farm trail, wetland and community woodland for people to enjoy. Long-horned cattle, sheep, a pony, chickens and geese all have a home at the farm. It supports some educational visits from schools, groups and individuals.

We would like our farm and community garden to be a nice place to visit - a welcoming green space with an array of benefits and opportunities for people of all ages:

  • work and skills training
  • volunteer opportunities
  • education programmes
  • food growing schemes
  • wildlife gardening
  • opportunities for vulnerable groups
  • facilities for people with disabilities
  • projects that promote mental and physical health benefits
  • community events

With investment and the right infrastructure, Gosling Sike Farm will provide all of this.

Please bring this dream alive by making a donation today.

Drop-in days - your chance to see the building, find out about our plans and ask any questions you have.

No booking needed, just pop in for a chat any time on:

  • Friday 29th September 2017 11am to 3pm
  • Saturday 30th September 2017 1pm to 3pm
  • Wednesday 18th October 2017 11am to 6pm

Feel free to bring friends, family or colleagues. Wheelchair friendly.
Dogs on leads are also welcome. 

Our biggest and most immediate challenge is to secure funding to kit out the building and for a member of staff to work with groups and communities at the farm. 

Donate to Gosling Sike Farm

Please will you make a donation towards a positive change for the future of wildlife and people and to the building at Gosling Sike Farm? You can do this either on our website or by sending it in to us in the post.

If you would like to know more you can email me (Michelle) I'd love to hear from you and will do my utmost to answer your questions.

Thank you for your support.

Your donation of money or items will help to get the building up and running. Please support this project with a donation if you can.

An oasis in the heart of Carlisle inspires generations and changes lives. This is the dream you can make happen.

"We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future." Franklin. D. Roosevelt 1882-1945

Read about how Rowena Hargill and Kate Cartmel Done have made wildlife and conservation their dream jobs. 


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