Surrey Docks Farm will use £5,000 grant funding from Wandle this year to help raise awareness of healthy living and show its visitors the value of growing their own produce.
The popular community farm, in Rotherhithe, will recruit a ‘green mentor’ to reach out to the local community and demonstrate how residents can become part of a green network and effectively sow fruit and vegetables.
Local residents will also benefit from information and advice on diet initiatives and food production, as well as be given the chance to become actively involved in the running of the farm.
Housing association Wandle awarded the funding as part of its Community Grants initiative, which recognises the positive role local organisations play in building thriving communities.
Surrey Docks Farm, which was established in 1975, works with local people to provide learning opportunities and environmental activities thorough the year.
It invites visitors of all ages and prides itself on having an open animal yard, where herds of goat, sheep, cattle and ducks are reared.
Tomasz Crompton, Community Investment Officer at Wandle, said:
“Surrey Docks Farm has a track record of providing ongoing and seasonal projects to local communities to improve neighbourhoods and the environment. We are pleased our funding will help support its worthy cause.”
Gemma Hooper of Surrey Docks Farm said:
“We are incredibly grateful for the funding from Wandle. Not only will it help train a new member of staff to support our cause, but it will also help play a key role in boosting the awareness of healthy living in the community.”
Wandle, which owns and manages over 1,300 homes in Southwark, has awarded a total of £39,500 as part of its Community Grants programme this year to eight organisations working across south London.
For more information on how Wandle is supporting local organisations this year, contact Tomasz Crompton on 0208 682 7456 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit the Surrey Docks Farm website to see how it works with local communities to provide learning opportunities and activities.
For more information:
Matthew Solesbury, Communications Officer, Wandle
Tel: 020 8682 7373