Five a day Market Garden

Brownies learn about gardening at Five a DayDo you know how to design and manage a wildlife habitat in your garden or how to identify, survey and monitor British wildlife species?  These were just some of the subjects up for discussion at a series of themed workshops at Five-a-day Market Garden in Englefield near Theale.

Adult and family sessions were on offer, themed around wildlife gardening and nature. Families had great fun learning about British wildlife with minibeast safaris, pond dipping and nature games.  Important skills in helping wildlife and growing your own healthy food were demonstrated by an experienced gardening tutor and participants learned how to care for animals, plants and the environment in a sustainable manner.

Greenham Trust gave a £2000 reactive grant to the project in May 2014.  The affordable cost of the workshops allows participation from a wide range of individuals and groups including those on low incomes.

Individuals and families are able to benefit from learning new skills that can be applied in their own communities.  Not only is gardening good for the health but has also been shown to increase self-esteem through personal development and increased social interaction. 

The Vegetable ChallengeFive a Day Market Garden have also been running  ‘The Vegetable Challenge’  with local groups including Beavers, Cubs and Brownies enjoying learning about growing your own vegetables, nature and conservation.

A wide range of courses are on offer throughout the year. The garden is also offering drop-in sessions for older people with memory problems during the Autumn with a chance to meet new people and enjoy the tranquil surroundings of Englefield. 

Pam Goddard is the project co-ordinator who, along with a team of over 40 volunteers, manages this unique community project. 

Volunteer gardeners and teachers are always welcome – visit www.fiveaday.org.uk  for further information on how to get involved.  You can even arrange a team building event for your company or for the tutors to come to you to talk on green gardening, community gardening, environmental art or conservation and wildlife.