We are pleased to be able to let you know about our latest project. We have secured a small piece of rented land in Westerleigh. This enables us to have animals and use horticulture using the Care Farm model, which is something that we have been hoping to do for quite some time.
Our Forestry school provides ongoing sessions promoting education in an outdoor setting. These sessions are particularly for those children with additional needs and will run after school and on the weekend. We make use of natural resources and learn about our environment and what we can do to protect it. We provide an inclusive and supportive environment where children can learn to care for our animals and the wildlife that surrounds them. Full details will be updated in the coming weeks.
In addition to offering ASDAN courses that are detailed on our training page. We are also working with Community Learning to provide courses in Horticulture and Animal Care at Level 1. These courses are for those who have little or no qualifications and those that face the greatest barriers in society.
We offer a weekly gardening club where we provide horticulture based activities We grow Herbs, vegetables and flowers in a purpose built polytunnel. This allows us to run the gardening club whatever the weather throws at us. It is well documented that using gardening activities and green space has many therapeutic benefits to individuals and a sense of purpose.
In addition to the gardening club we grow a variety of plants that we put on sale to the local community. This contributes to our sustainability and provides a local service to the community that supports us.
We are proud to be providing the planters and plants for a project funded by Staple Hill councillors and Bromford Housing. Our planters will take pride of place on Staple Hill high street. We have carefully chosen plants that attract pollinators and those that help to reduce emissions from the air, so they have a purpose as well as brightening up the local community space.
We are pleased to be able to offer a variety of crafting sessions to small groups during the course of the year. We aim to do a new session each week and use feedback from those attending as to what they would like to do at future sessions. Some of the sessions we have run have covered Willow weaving, felting, Outdoor cooking,Making Bird Feeders and making cloths from reused fabric.