Ashley’s Meadow was in part an attempt to create a safe space for Ashley. This initiative was created as a result of going on holidays that fell short because they couldn’t cater for all of our family needs.
We arrived in the Forest of Dean more by mistake rather than design, almost as if Ashley’s Meadow was meant to be.
Ashley's Meadow consists of 18 acres of private woodland which is full of charming gnarly trees and is rich with an abundance of wildlife. The land and woodland has an accessible path with naturally created benches for secluded seating. Pausing for a moment you can get captured with the ambiance of the place. It is a wonderland.
We rescued some wild welsh mountain ponies in the first Covid 19 lockdown. They are very young so can’t be ridden yet but they love an ear scratch and a carrot. We rescued some kittens and in the 2nd lockdown we picked up Tux and Oreo. We added another kitten Peri to the family. We have free range chickens and lambs which have been hand reared called Bailey, Buttons and Blanket, they are very people friendly and will come and sit with you in their field and loves a cuddle.
The two bell tents are in an enclosed field with climbing tyres and a sandpit and a picnic seating area, with a brand new climbing frame and slide, it is also a ideal place to bring your family dog/s so they can have a good run-around.
So What Is The Idea?
Simply put – we have a unique space and this space can be utilised for all sort of experiences but ultimately it is there to help improve wellbeing.
Additionally my idea is to create a bespoke experience for people with learning difficulties, special needs, physical and mental disabilities and those with chronic and life limiting conditions so that they and their families/carers can come to Ashley’s Meadow and enjoy a restful respite holiday.
We can offer outside experiences which can be booked and personalised which might include forest bathing, wild foraging and cooking what you find, and how about making a basket in a wicker workshop, these activities can be provided on or off site. I can also arrange a fish and chip supper or provide a home cooked meal so you don't have the worry of thinking what to do for tea. Or make a yummy picnic for you to take out on your adventure into The Forest of Dean(There will be a charge for these extra's)
Our mission is:
- Provide an accessible environment
- Improve mental wellbeing
- Promoting equality
- Enable participation in physical activity
- Increase community access to outdoor spaces
- Encourage outdoor play
- Promote and foster health and wellbeing
- Reconnect quality time together as a family
We would like to provide a unique bespoke experience for you and your carer/family so you have the space to reconnect with each other.
By forming a relationship with other local organisations and individuals we can create bespoke personal experiences such as:
- Float in the Forest
- Immersive experiences like Forest Bathing
- Bird Watching
- Wildlife Photography
- Mindful Photography
- Wye Dean Wellbeing holistic therapies
Going Forward Here Is Our Plan
We have two 5M Luna Bell Tents positioned in an enclosed field. An outdoor kitchen with BBQ and an eating and seating area. There is an accessible toilet situated near the tents and a level access separate toilet and shower facility with heated changing room that can be locked .Towels are provided. There is a hydraulic hoist and changing bed to help, we just ask you to bring your own hoist sling.
Each tent is easily big enough for a family of four. The tents are enclosed in a field providing an instant feeling of security. You have access to our private woodland which has an accessible path for wheelchairs and buggies.
Later we plan to convert an existing building into two respite units. Each unit will have its own enclosed secure garden with an outside covered area to enjoy the fresh air and eat al fresco should you choose.
Each unit would be wheelchair friendly and accessible and can accommodate up to four people.