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Community Wildlife Vegetable Garden

What We Do

Green Farm is working smallholding co-operative situated in the Shadoxhurst conversation area, which itself is within a designated local wildlife site. We have a responsibility to protect and enrich the area; a role we take very seriously:
 

  • Our focus is conservation farming, enhancing our land for the wildlife that calls it home

  • We use traditional methods to manage our meadows and pastures

  • Our land is free from pesticides and other chemicals

  • Our animals are free-range, and our cattle and sheep are 100% grass fed

  • We keep our skies dark and use minimal artificial light for the benefit of nocturnal species

  • We deliver activities which educate our visitors about this unique environment

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Why We Do It

  • An area to gain the physical and mental benefits of being outdoors and active.

  • A safe haven for people and wildlife

  • A place for relaxation, education & opportunity for all

  • A chance to learn where food comes from

  • Sell produce to help fund the garden

The Difference We Make

"After a spell volunteering in the garden, I feel revitalised from spending time in the fresh air, I make a connection with people, not to mention learning lots about gardening, farm life and wildlife.

 

My whole family has got involved in the garden. Our son Sam, who has special needs sometimes comes to help, and has become an expert watering the beds in the summer! Martin and Maryann designated a special area of the garden for Sam to tend to, so we prepared the whole bed together as a family and Catherine guided us in how to plant perennials and tend the bed. Our son Gabriel spent the first year of his life watching what goes on in the garden, he knows everyone there and I hope he will get involved when he is a bit bigger!

 

My husband, Matt, has also helped out and this summer we had the chance to volunteer all together as a family, using our different skills to help out. It truly was idyllic. Even my mum, who has dementia has got involved. I spent a whole day with her in the garden, and for the first time in her 79 years she planted some seeds! It was a lovely way to bond with her. Even with her memory difficulties she still remembers the day we had in the garden and remembers Catherine's name.

 

The Community Garden has become a big part of our lives. I always know whenever I go down there I'll see a friendly face, be able to get stuck in weeding, or planting seeds or bulbs or watering or whatever needs to be done, and however short or long a time I am able to help out that day it will always be valued!"

Helen Dowle: Volunteer and Community Garden User

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