The closest little village to our Farm has a population of about 350, just over two years ago the local council helped facilitate a community forum to find out what the residents would like to see happen in their town and how each person, young or old could contribute.
Wow you say a council interested in their residents, yes its true!!
Lots of new projects have gone ahead one being a Community Garden which has just held its first anniversary.
Anyone can take part and you don't even have to have your own plot there is a communal one.
For a small amount you can become a member and you get to share the produce, use of a hot house and free entry to workshops where you can learn everything from propagating, pruning fruit trees to making bio-dynamic formulas. Members are friendly and helpful, sharing tools and advice and of course children are encouraged to join in and learn!
One Sunday a month members share a meal together cooked from the produce.
I found it interesting the different methods of keeping seedlings protected from rabbits,snails and grubs.
This one using chicken mesh I'm going to try.
A little fund raising and a water tank was installed and fruit trees planted.