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About the Farm

Learn about where we come from, what we do, and the people behind the enterprise that is the ASU.

A Brief History

The farm was originally established in 1963 by acting Headteacher, Walter Hayes, and head of rural sciences, Mr Ferguson. 

The farm started with just three rabbits, but by the time Dave Crosby took over management, a range of other animals had been introduced including sheep, goats, a pony, a cow, gerbils and birds. 

In 2016 upon Mr Crosby's retirement, Manager Esther Blakey established the Agricultural Science Unit we know and love today. It continues to grow with the hopes of equipping young people with the knowledge and skills to advance the livestock and animal welfare industries. 


What we do

Based at Saffron Walden County High School, the ASU offers a range of animal care and animal science courses to the SWCHS students and to students from many other routes of education. 

We also host our ever-growing and increasingly popular seasonal open days as well as offering activities and experiences including birthday parties, after school clubs and even goat yoga!

To find out more about education opportunities, events and activities, please click here

The Team

The ASU could not run without the ongoing dedication of it's hard working team of industry professionals. 

The animals are well taken care of with the additional help of the regular lunch and after-school clubs, and students are also treated to guest lectures and 

Click here to learn more about our amazing team!. 

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