The Community Market Garden has been described as Narnia, with its woodland yurt and mosaic artwork. Poems and willow animals, a wishing well, growing beds filled with brassicas, beans, sweetcorn, garlic, onions and potatoes. All overlooked by “Windy Bob” – our garden scarecrow, who with his vibrantly colourful presence of recycled bits and bobs and CD sequins, keeps a constant watch over the garden.

We offer the chance for school parties to come to the garden to learn about ecology amidst the beds and polytunnels and at the same time gain a better understanding of homelessness, its causes, how New Hope offers support to the diverse range of service users who present to us, and how children can help. Homelessness is a complex subject and often misunderstood and we think that it is vital that education should begin as early as possible. The garden offers an environment in which issues of social exclusion can be exploredin an engaging and interactive way through group discussion, garden trail hunts and storytelling alongside the chance to plant seeds in pots to take away.

Fridays are our schools days and we can accommodate parties between the times 9.30-3.30 for either a morning or afternoon session. There is no cost for sessions though donations are always appreciated or perhaps you might think about running a fundraising event from your school.

We hope you will decide to join us. To get in touch either email sweightman@newhope.org.uk or telephone Sam Weightman on 01923 227 132.