We are overwhelmed with gratitude as one of our friends of the farm, Steve Wurst, has just donated £500 to the farm. FIVE HUNDRED POUNDS! This extraordinarily generous gesture will help go towards buying decent wood for our two projects on the horizon, Guinea Pig Gardens and The Burrow (for our rabbits). From every person and animal at the farm, thank you Steve!
Back in March our wonderful Corporate Relationships Manager Diana Nell got in touch with the construction company Interserve to see whether they’d be interested in volunteering at the farm.
Site Agent Anthony Diment responded enthusiastically, and a few months later he and a team of 10 volunteers were at the farm by the crack of dawn, ready to get to work. Anthony soon whipped everyone in to shape! The team was split in to 3 groups: one to begin replacing the fire exit door in our Small Animal room (that had sadly seen better days), one to begin sanding and painting the entrance doors to our Tech Block and a larger team to help build a new section of large raised vegetable beds in the garden.
The day began with a crane lifting the digger over the (slightly too narrow) gate, followed by discussions about the plan layout, and then all teams dispersed to begin their jobs before the heavy rain set in. And set in it did! But the team were incredibly dedicated and hardworking, and despite the rain they all managed to make huge improvements to the farm.
A massive thank you to the Interserve team which included Anthony Diment, Andy Lucas, Stacey Kinch, Terry Odeon, Michael Frain, Jim Hiscox, Sam Hunter, Abi Cave, Marie Calvert and Rob Uwejoma. You guys are fantastic!
Who we are:
Oasis Down to Earth Farm is a community centre with a difference: we are based on a farm in urban Southampton. As a not-for-profit charity, our mission is to provide a socially inclusive, happy experience where people of all abilities and differences are respected and valued. We aim to educate, empower and engage with our local community.