Based in Lincolnshire uk.


Berry Fields Animal Assisted Education & Consultancy provides Animal Assisted Interventions and Activities to Schools, private settings and individuals.


Berry Fields was founded in 2019 by Rachel Hartopp a qualified headteacher, SEND Leader, Teacher of 19 years within mainstream settings and a qualified Equine Facilitated Learning and Animal Therapy Practitioner.


Having used animals within education successfully for many years, these experiences came together and created a vision to utilise the amazing therapeutic power of animals to support young people in their learning and development in a more regulated way.


Berry Fields works with a team of likeminded experienced consultants all with a passion to improve the lives of young people with the use of our highly trained school support animals.



Animals are an obvious teaching aid commonly used as classroom resources and incorporated into lesson plans and reading programs.  Animals have been shown to help children improve self-esteem and overcome physical and mental challenges. Please contact us for more information and a full consultation for school or home education packages.

Animal Assisted Activities (AAA) provides oportunites for motivational, educational, therapeutic and/or recreational benefits to enchance quality of life.  AAA are delivered in a variety of environments by a specially trained professional with animals that meet specific criteria.

Equine Facilitated Learning (EFL)

We offer Equine Facilitated Learning (EFL) sessions to schools, organisations that work with young people and individuals of all ages

These experiential learning sessions are based around activities with the horses on the ground. We also work with our small animals and in the natural outdoor environment.

Benefits of EFL:

  • Increased self-awareness and self confidence
  • Support emotional and behavioural growth
  • Support Social and Emotional Learning Competencies
  • Improved educational outcomes
  • Personal self-development
  • Improved communication skills and teamwork skills