Free bushcraft taster sessions – come and test your survival skills!

Thursday, 4th June 2015

Bridge Community Farms has teamed up with the Forest School to offer a taste of an outdoor experience you will never forget! 

This is a unique opportunity for over-18s in Ellesmere Port to get back to nature and unlock your inner tribesman or woman.  

From building dens and making fires to learning the knots and lashings needed for even the most complicated shelters and cooking facilities, it’s a chance to forget about the stresses and strains of modern life and reconnect with nature. Learn about the trees and wildlife on your doorstep, play some games and find out how to use nature to express your creative side.

We will be running daily sessions from 10am-12 noon, Monday 15th- Friday 19th June at Bridge Community Farms, Mill Lane, Ellesmere Port CH66 3TH.

And the best thing is the sessions are completely free, as we have funding kindly donated by Cheshire West and Chester Council.

There is a limited number of places available, so book yours now to avoid disappointment. To book, email sarahbarnes560@gmail.com or call Sarah on 07707 817225.

Meet Cory - one of our volunteers

Tuesday, 2nd June 2015

Cory started volunteering at Bridge Community Farms after his Prince’s Trust programme came to an end. He completed a two week placement and enjoyed his time so much that he wanted to continue to contribute to the farm. We caught up with Cory to find out what volunteering at Bridge Community Farms means.

How long have you been volunteering at Bridge Community Farms?
I’ve been volunteering at Bridge Community Farms since the beginning of May. I know that might not seem very long, but I’ve been here nearly every day since!

What tasks do you do?
I work alongside the rest of the team on the jobs that need doing that day.. As the farm is new there have been lots of crops to plant so I’ve been planting potatoes, fruit trees, and onions – until now I didn’t realise there were so many different ways to plant things! I’ve also helped make some raised beds.

What is the best bit?
Being outside everyday is definitely the best thing. Whether it’s raining or the sun is shining I don’t care – as long as I’m not stuck inside. I like having a list of jobs to work through and being able to just get on with it. It’s such a good feeling at the end of the day when I can see the progress we’ve made, and I’m motivated for the next day.

What have you learnt so far?
I’ve learnt a lot of new skills, from working by myself but also as part of a team.  I’ve also learnt about the land, Latin names for plants and knowledge of different planting techniques but I feel I have so much more to learn!

How much do you have to commit?
At the moment there is so much to do to get the farm ready before summer we really need more volunteers. At the moment I’m volunteering every day but that’s my choice – most people come along for a few hours through the week.

What do you do outside of volunteering?
I am looking at what other jobs I might want to apply for. Before my placement at the farm I hadn’t thought that this type of work would appeal to me, but now I want to find a job like this. Volunteering at Bridge Community Farms is giving me the opportunity to learn so much and equipping me with all kinds of skills to help me find a job to move on to.

If someone was thinking about volunteering at Bridge Community Farms, what would you tell them?
Just come down and get involved! Everyone is really nice and will make you feel really involved. Come along to one of the farms induction days on Tuesday mornings (9:30-12:30pm) – I hope to see you there.

If you’d like to find out more about volunteering at Bridge Community Farms please email Collete at volunteers@bridgecommunityfarms.co.uk

 

A view from the air...

Monday, 1st June 2015

We are so pleased to share a video made by one of our partners - yonda aerial systems. Not only do you get to see some great aerial shots of Mill Lane, but also a series of short interviews from some of our supporters telling us how and why they chose to get involved with Bridge Community Farms.

We want to thank you all our supporters who are working with us to make this happen - you can find out more about them here.

Volunteers needed - join our team!

Friday, 29th May 2015

Come along and help us sow seeds, plant trees and be a part of the team helping to get Bridge Community Farms up and running.

Volunteers are welcome to come along on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9.30am-1pm at the community farm on Mill Lane, CH66 3TH.

You will need to wear suitable, waterproof outdoor clothes and footwear (e.g. steel toe cap boots). We will provide light refreshments but you will need to bring a packed lunch. All tools will be provided.

Come and get involved – everyone is welcome. For more details or to sign up to volunteer contact Collette on 07847 824 910 or e-mail us at volunteersbcf@gmail.com

 

Laying the foundations

Wednesday, 27th May 2015

Raised beds are commonly used for growing fruit and vegetables in as they are great for improving drainage and improving the soil conditions ready for growing. But our raised beds are extra special, because they were built by our friends over at Access 2 Training and Employment, a fellow not-for-profit community interest company based in Ellesmere Port.

Access 2 Training and Employment aims to make the community a better place for us all to live in. It does this by offering training opportunities to young people who are not yet ready or able to engage in an apprenticeship, further education or employment. This sort of work is right up our street, perfectly complementing our own aims to offer job opportunities to local residents who have been long-term unemployed. We are delighted that such an important programme is quite literally forming the basis of our work.

You can find out more about Access 2 Training and Employment here

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