started off by setting up an animal rescue in 1997 that could
be used by local people to rehouse their animals I did this due
to realising that there was a critical need in the area due to
individual circumstances such as; those in long term hospital
care, redundancy, those loosing their home and having to take
up rental accommodation, divorce separation etc. The outbuildings
I built from scratch using recycled materials collected from the
side of the project has been running for 17 years, funded by myself
and run on local contributions by volunteers. It has always been
my aim to increase services available to local people and to help
those with learning, physical and mental disabilities and social
hardships as I have realised the results from this project first
project uses recycled waste material such as newspapers, card,
stable waste, food, wood and green waste material which is distributed
into a worm farm. Virtually any organic waste material can be
used, which the worms work on and produce worm casts, which when
blended results in high quality compost for use with planting.
This end product is utilised within the raised bedding area and
can also be donated to local people as compost grow bags, lawn
dressing etc.. that can be used to assist disabled and disadvantaged
the raised bed area we utilise old disused tyres and tracks which
are all manageable for individuals with disabilities and are used
as planters, edging etc for the growing of fruit plants, herbs
and vegetables. The seeds are planted in position or within a
potting shed and grown until they can be planted out. These are
then planted within the raised bedding area in the tyre planters
and grown up frames in the case of runners and climbers etc.
the benefits of learning, physical enjoyable exercise and getting
closer to nature, being out of the hustle of the town, and producing
something edible from a seed is rewarding enough. This also has
the added benefits of being as ecologically friendly as possible.
have already had some local individuals attend and assist on the
land, in particular a young lad who is autistic and when after
his first visit his mother came to pick him up, she was amazed
at the difference in his demeanour. She stated that it was the
‘first time she had seen him smile for a long time’
Which demonstrates the ability in such a short time to make a
difference to individual lives.
create a Community Garden
from recycled materials.
encourage people with learning, physical and mental disabilities
to take an active role in gardening.
use recycled material wherever possible.
people who feel isolated in the community.
promote individuals confidence & wellbeing.