We operate from a 4.5 acre former mill site and maintain a community garden and wider biopark. The site is open for community access all the time and is managed cooperatively by a group of volunteers. We manage a significant food growing project and associated skills training programme including gardening courses and cooking activities for people of all ages. We use permaculture principles on site and maximise the biodiversity potential by not using any chemicals at any time. We believe passionately in bringing people together to demonstrate that life can be simple yet very rewarding. We have an outdoor toddler group, meeting in the garden and park spaces, a community fridge for food sharing, a library of things where people can borrow equipment for the home or garden and a people's shed, shared by men, women and young people. We organise regular social and therapeutic horticultural programmes and host placements for people from all backgrounds.
Facilities: Volunteering, Community space for hire, Picnic area, Community recycling/composting, Play area, Play activities, Wildlife area, Sustainable/Green building on site
Open to the public?Yes
Open to the public - details: Open access
Details of livestock and rare breeds kept:
Different breeds of Hens on site, kept for food eggs and education.
The site is located beside The Frocess Medical Practice. Follow the lane into the courtyard at the mill where parking spaces are located. The garden is situated behind the mill buildings. You can gain access via the Riverside Walk which is accessible from the play park beside the Medical Practice
Friday, January 1, 2021 - 09:00 to Friday, March 31, 2023 - 17:00
Training and networking for care farmers
A programme of national and regional events offered by the Growing Care Farming project. The programme includes regular themed webinars, network meetings, training courses and launch events for those working...
Our monthly networking sessions are open to anyone involved in care farming and green care, regardless of where you live or what stage you're are at.
As it's not always possible to meet face-to-face at the moment, please do join us and say hello!
Our online gatherings are an member benefit that take place on first Thursday of each month. The events are part of SF&G's commitment to support networking and improve practice across the sector. A member of SF&G staff will...
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