A farm in Dorset is helping troubled young people to turn their lives around. Future Roots at Rylands Farm near Sherborne is a 'care farm' which puts young people to work, giving them skills, confidence, responsibility and ultimately the qualifications they need to help them build a future. It has won awards for its educational work.
They take challenging youngsters who have been excluded from the mainstream education system and those who struggle with schoolwork and help them to find direction.
16-year-old Abii Edmed came to Future Roots four years ago with attitude problems. Her anger had led to her being excluded from school and other learning centres. Now, thanks to the confidence she has gained on the farm, she has won a place at college and is hoping to achieve her dream of setting up a riding school for disabled children.
The director of Future Roots, Julie Plumley grew up on a farm and trained to be a social worker. She has been Abii's mentor and guided her through he journey.
Future Roots works with people with learning difficulties and retired farmers as well as troubled young people and children who struggle with academic subjects at school. They may not all want to become farmers but here they learn teamwork, communication, problem solving, discipline, trust - they learn to be employable.