The Murton Trust, just outside Forfar, provides a unique environment in which children, young people and adults can learn and develop skills for life.
Operating a visitor farm, tearoom, nature reserve and educational centre, the Trust acts as an popular visitor attraction in the Angus area, as well as an important centre for learning and development.
The Murton Trust’s education programme offers the opportunity to learn a range of diverse skills such as estate maintenance, animal husbandry, soft landscaping – together with personal development and employability skills.
The Murton Trust is also a founding member of Angus SEN, set up to set the direction of social enterprise development in the Angus area.
Murton Farm boasts a range of rare ducks and chickens, as well as their star attractions Dennis and Gnasher, two inquisitive and friendly Kune Kune pigs. Around the pond area, visitors can also expect to see ferrets, guinea pigs and other wildlife.
The nature reserve is home to over 130 varieties of birds and wildfowl, while an extensive wildflower meadow offers the opportunity to study a huge variation of butterflies and insects.
The Trust’s education programme works with secondary schools across Dundee and the Angus area to provide SQA qualifications in land-based skills to pupils aged 14 and over – those who would benefit most from vocational training.
Where young people have left school with no positive destination, the Trust works with Skills Development Scotland and 16+ Learning Choices to provide a work experience element of the young person’s activity agreement.
There is also a strong focus on volunteering across Murton Trust’s activities, where young people are invited to complete their Duke of Edinburgh Award or work towards the nationally-recognised Saltire Awards.
Volunteers get involved in a number of tasks, helping the estate workers with animals on the farm or maintenance work around the site. There is also the opportunity to volunteer at public events.
Over the years, Murton Trust has also made a concerted effort to support local business, bringing as many organisations from the surrounding area into its supply chains as possible, as well as promoting local produce in its farm shop.
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Tel: 01307 819 491