Thank-you for visiting us today to find out what happens Behind The Stable Door!

Here on our family farm we want to include others more with our farm activities, we work mainly (but not exclusively) with people who have an identified social need. We would love to share our farm experiences with you, but more importantly we hope you will get involved as well

         "Our work Behind The Stable Door

          Has social involvement at its core."     

If you want to know more about the history of Behind The Stable Door click on the link below:                                      

What happens at our Social Farm?

Since we started Behind The Stable Door we do not like to exclude anybody from attending our farm, for the majority our participants attend on a referral basis. The reason for this is to make sure they get the best out of their sessions with us and they are supported according to their needs.  However, anybody is free to get in touch to see how we can meet your needs!

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Can You help us with "Our Waste to Zero Trace" campaign?

Our new project to make shredded animal bedding out of waste egg cartons was to be a very exciting addition to our Behind The Stable Door family! Sales of our bedding support our persons with social needs with employment opportunities so that they could provide horse owners in Northern Ireland with a fantastic recycled animal bedding made from our own waste!  This bedding is made exclusively out of unused wasted egg cartons (seconds that come direct from the manufacturing plant), and our social farmers were going to shred it and bag it to make fantastic absorbent and comfortable animal bedding for our beloved pets! Watch the video below to see how this is done:

We have been offered a grant to aid the costs for a commercial machine to recycle egg cartons into animal bedding, and to create opportunities for our special needs adults and work experience for special needs children. This was to be the biggest thing to ever have happened to the social farm and we are all very excited to do our bit to help tackle our climate crisis at community level!

 Egg Carton Diagram


Currently our waste has to travel to outside of Northern Ireland (creating more carbon footprint and landfill) Imagine how much we can cut this waste figure by allowing us to do what we can do:




BTSD Waste Recycle 

We set up Behind The Stable Door because we want our social needs participants to have meaningful employment and create opportunities for others going forwards - And we want to help lower our waste in NI by making high quality animal bedding from it!

We aren't the first to try and make bedding out of waste for a social cause, this lovely lady in the UK is making blankets for the homeless out of crisp packets, amazing!:

Crisp Packet

To help get waste to zero trace we are going to need you!

So if you have heard of our story through the local media, here we are asking for you to get involved!  Asking for public support is new to us so we need YOU to guide us on how we might gain your support! 

Here's our two ideas to try and gain your support!


Idea One

Have a personalised video book created by us at "Behind The Stable Door". Our social farmers are willing and ready to create a short story made for you.  If you have a special needs young person or adult that would like a personalised story from us, or a granny or an aunt or even your good self would like a personalised story, sign up below! You you will be sent a private video link that is yours to keep! We can create a bedtime story or a birthday message - you tell us what you want! We are willing to work with care homes/hospitals/hospices, to create your story.  We can involve your loved one and/or pets in the story (via photo sharing). Our social farmers are very friendly and they love sharing their stories with others so please just let us know what we can create for you, we are waiting for you to get in touch!

Video of our social farmers waiting to meet you:

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Idea Two

Buy our Recycled Animal Bedding in advance - Pay it Forwards!


If you would love your pet to have our comfortable, absorbent recycled animal bedding, we are offering the opportunity to pay it forwards.  For a £10 donation we will send you a bag of our animal bedding.  £5 of this will go towards the costs of getting it to you, while another £5 will help us get our project off the ground.  We hope to get you this animal bedding in the post as soon as we can and we are offering a money back guarantee!  Our social participants are here wanting to serve you and provide you with fantastic animal bedding, so please support them and our waste crisis by buying this bedding, your pets and the environment will thank you for it!  Also shredded egg cartons make fantastic parcel packaging if you have no pets and you still want to support us!



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Thank-you for considering donating to our social farm! If you feel that we have been of support to you and would like to donate something, even a small amount we are very grateful. If you are donating to our "Waste to Zero Trace" campaign please remember all monies received will be reinvested into helping lower our waste export. Thank-you!

What our farm participants are saying:

The best thing about the farm is caring for the animals, especially the horses and bottle feeding the lambs who are SO cute! I take the horses in and out of the stables. Clare teaches me new skills and lets me do things by myself. I like feeling responsible and more confident. The horses make me feel calm and happy when I stroke them and talk to them. I always have a fun happy time at the farm and can’t wait to go back. Judy read more
I am amazed at how much Judy has grown in confidence since being at the farm. Helping Clare and Andy with the animals has given Judy a real sense of purpose and after each session she comes home happy and chattier. She loves to impress us with her knowledge of farm life and new skills she’s learned. Judy enjoys the routine of working hard – broken up by a well-earned tea break, chat and bun! Judy’s confidence has made her feel better about herself and she says when she strokes and grooms the horses, she feels less anxious and much more calm. Judy has a great relationship with Clare and Andy who have welcomed her into the StableDoor family. Judy looks forward to visiting the farm each week where she can feel happy just to be herself. Bridget (Judy’s mum)
‘The visit to the farm was an amazing experience for me and all of the young people in our group. I never thought I could work with the sheep and also to learn about looking after horses. It will stay in my memories of the programme.’ 20 year old young man