We make gardening and horticultural knowledge accessible via specially-designed different growing spaces from private allotment beds for local residents (with a huge waiting list), raised beds used by community groups and a children’s garden looked after by our Young Volunteers.
There’s no synthetic pesticide or fertiliser on our fruit or vegetables. We rely instead on using good husbandry, biological pest control and old-fashioned manure. Our polytunnel traps enough heat for us to grow delicious tomatoes, aubergines and chilli peppers and provides a place to do gardening workshops when the British weather gets a little too much.
Growing tasty, seasonal produce introduces our volunteers and visitors to new flavours, fruits and veg. We hope it inspires them to eat and cook more healthily. Volunteers can benefit from practical gardening experience that will give them the skills to propagate seeds, look after their soil and grow beautiful plants of their own.
We have built some new wheelchair-accessible beds in our main growing area and are installing new paths that should make it easier to get around and a lot less muddy in winter. The Farm also has a forest garden, edible bog garden and a wildlife pond. For more information see Permaculture.
In the New Year we’ll be starting a programme of gardening workshops covering a range of activities. Watch this space for more information.