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Southton Smallholding

at The Bield at Blackruthven 

Southton Smallholding

As well as a retreat and Conference Centre, The Bield at Blackruthven also operates Southton Smallholding. The Smallholding takes its name from the 'Southton of  Blackruthven' (Blackruthven Farm) and extends the healing work of the Bield by providing therapeutic work for a group of adults with learning disabilities. We rely on an excellent team of volunteers.

The Smallholding seeks, through therapeutic work, to create a more inclusive community. It also aims to build up the self confidence of people who normally endure long term unemployment and who may feel undervalued.

The Smallholding operates 4 days a week. Although they rely on charitable support, the sale of organic vegetable boxes, free range eggs, herbs and other produce raises some of the funds necessary to pay for running the show. Visitors to the Bield are always welcome to visit the Smallholding by arrangement, please enquire at reception.

Meet the Team


The manager, George Bosworth, Horticulturist team leader, Norma Forbes and assistant Carol MacDonald work with team members and volunteers who come from Perth and the surrounding area on Tuesdays to Fridays. They look after the hens, sheep - Rosemary & Peppermint, Kune Kune pigs Bubble &  Squeak,  Biskit  & Bronte the goats; Clyde, Micky and Huckleberry the Alpacas, the Chinese geese, as well as 3 poly tunnels and a large vegetable garden.

We are open from 10am to 4pm Tuesday to Friday.

Would you like to get involved?


We are always keen to invite new volunteers - give Norma a ring and arrange to visit us. If you think you might want to become a Team Member then please arrange with Norma or George to come and visit us for a chat and a tour.

Feel free to complete the form below or contact Norma Forbes on 07845 901 626

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