• On 20 September 1990 Amelia Methodist Trust Company Limited was incorporated to receive a 160 acre farm with derelict buildings and barns. Benefactors Bob and Ethel Huggard worked with the Reverend John Stacy-Marks and the Methodist Church in Wales to create a living memorial to Bob’s mother Amelia.  Their vision was to use the Farm as a ‘rural lung’ for a variety of people but especially those who are  disadvantaged and vulnerable in attempt to foster self-help, build confidence and enhance employment prospects which to this day remains the core purpose of our charity.

  • July 1991 Rev John Stacy-Marks appointed as the first Director

  • 1992 – first students from Barry Comprehensive and Barry College

  • 1992 - the Pond was dug and the Herb Garden created

  • 1993 – Field Study Centre opened with the support of a BT Grant

  • 1993 – Animal Centre opened

  • 1993 – Bunkhouse opened with the support of BBC Children in Need

  • 1994 – Amphitheatre built with the support of young people’s groups from Northern Ireland and Cardiff Docks

  • 17 Sept 1994 – opening of the Robert Huggard Workshops with grants from WDA and Dow Corning

  • March 1995 – the kitchen workshop opened with the support of TSB Foundation

  • 1995 – first Shire Horse and Midland Bank helped to fund the dray

  • 1997 – Visit from Prince Charles who was present at the dedication of the Celtic Cross

  • 1997 – Ethel Huggard received her MBE

  • September 1997 - Vale of Glamorgan Key Stage 3 Pupil Referral Unit moves to the Farm

  • 1998 – Ethel Huggard Workshops opened including the Music Studio

  • 1999 - Key Stage 4 Youth Access provision opens

  • 2005 - Llangennith House built

  • Sept 2006 - Mary Remmington Extension opened

  • Sept 2007 - Deacon Lorraine Brown appointed as new Director of the Farm

  • 2011 - Pond dipping platform and bird hide built

  • 2012 - Athens to Cardiff cycle ride to raise funds for new Independent Living Centre

  • June 2013 - First Minister of Wales opens new Independent Living Centre

  • Sept 2013 - Gym installed with funds from the Cerys Potter Foundation

  • 2014 - City and Guilds Approved Centre Status Awarded

  • April 2015 - appointment of Karen Turnbull as new Director of the Farm

  • 2015 - 25th Anniversary Celebrations

  • March 2016 - Car park extension built with funds from the Huggard Trust

  • August 2016 - Refurbishment of the Animal Centre with funds from Tesco Bags of Help Community Grant

  • September 2016 - Donkey Sanctuary opened with support from Carillion plc