EASTERBROOK Farm near Exbourne hosted a visit from local MP and Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Mel Stride on Friday, June 23.

Registered Manager Michelle Holland and Director Graham Axford welcomed Mr Stride for his third visit as an MP and the first since he planted a copper beech tree to commemorate the farm’s 10th anniversary in 2015. 

Easterbrook Farm, spread over 69 acres of diverse farmland, is a registered care home that supports physically able people with moderate to severe learning disabilities, with or without challenging behaviour.

At the heart of the ethos at Easterbrook Farm is helping housemates lead active lives with plenty of opportunities to develop personal and life skills from exploring horticulture and outdoor pursuits.

Speaking after his visit Mel said: “Easterbrook Farm is incredibly special. Each time I have been here I have been met with smiles and laughter, and despite the challenges that learning difficulties can present, there are a wealth of opportunities for housemates to try new things and grow as individuals.” 

Graham added: “It was a pleasure to welcome Mel back to Easterbrook and very useful to talk through some of the challenges of running the farm. It was lovely that he was able to spend some time mingling with some of our housemates and we look forward to seeing him again soon.”

For more information visit: www.easterbrookfarm.co.uk .