We have secured full waste management and carriers licences for the project and have a very effective recycling programme operating. We handle a diverse range of items, including horticultural plastic, Aluminium,Tin,wood and cardboard.
Currently we are also very involved with the recycling of video tapes. The recycled products are redirected to our own gardeners, are offered to support other 'growing schemes' in schools and communities or are forwarded into the appropriate recycling channels.
We have in the last year been working to develop a wholesale shrub business, a project which in time we hope to turn into a social enterprise. Whilst this work is still in its infancy,the product is looking good. We are currently working with two retail outlets and are now attempting to cultivate more.
Enquiries are welcomed via e-mail or telephone.
The Café is actually part of the commercial Garden Centre. With the help of a catering volunteer, we take charge of it on a Sunday and Monday. The volunteer, supported by one of our group opens the café between 10 and 3, serving hot drinks, delicious home made cakes and light snacks.
Were appropriate students involved with this enterprise are encouraged to study for a Food Hygiene qualification.It is hoped that next year,we will be taking even more responsibility for the catering in the Garden Centre,
We are now cooking four times each week and our cookery ranges from simple baking to the preparation of a full meal.
On Thursdays we gather to prepare and eat a full dinner and pudding together.
Our drama group meet every wednesday afternoon and performs for us at the end of each term. The group also take part in regional competition.
We have a portacabin which is used as a music room and now boast an extensive collection of instruments including guitars and drum kits.
We have sound recording equipment and a Karaoke machine and currently have help from a music volunteer one day a week, we continue to look at strengthening this provision.
We have created a dedicated arts and craft room, which is available for all visitors to use. We have a good range of basic art material as well as some craft equipment. This area does not have a dedicated support volunteer, but still gets well used.
We also do machine knitting, patchwork and sewing classes that take place on a Thursday, these have become very popular indeed.
Opened in January, this venture could be a real success. We have two volunteer woodworkers, the support of Messier Dowty in providing us with recycled timber and some very keen students. We also have some useful equipment including a lathe.
Our group have been making bird boxes, exploring simple furniture construction and wood turning.