|Our Grounds & Sustainability|
As well as using reclaimed, recycled and sustainably produced materials in their construction, the grounds are the focus for a variety of projects in the grounds which link people directly with the earth and the world around us!
The purpose designed raised bed project allows people of all abilities to get their hands dirty and titillate their taste buds. Built by our volunteers largely from re-used railway sleepers, the beds form a focal point for visitors as they move through the site. We hope to work increasingly with disabled and elderly groups, with beds of differing heights and accessible paths so you can sit and dig, stand and weed or garden from your wheelchair. Our young volunteers have spiced up the Farm by planting up the herb spiral, which they’ve also covered with their own animal mosaics!
Vegetables are grown without the use of chemical herbicides, pesticides or fertilisers. Several individuals and groups get involved, including the Child and Youth Gardening Club and Cadle Primary gardening club, who both have plots where they dig, compost, plant, water and eat their own veg.
Not many peas see the pan, but baked potatoes are a regular on our monthly Farm days! Through the Volunteer Project, adult volunteers get to enjoy the labour and fruits of gardening in their own plot as well.
Our recently completed duck pond boasts a photovoltaic pump which circulates the duck pond water through a reed bed filter system and back into the pond – they don’t half muck up the water those ducks! We’ve also got plans to build a rammed earth duck-house which will free up space in the animal house for more animals.