Ok well they don't have a farm exactly, but they did have a corporate volunteer day with us. Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, ten Mott MacDonald employees contributed some serious elbow grease in to building 'Wisteria Walk', an enormous pergola for the garden.
Sam Brookes, Engineering Technician at the Southampton Mott MacDonald branch, came for a tour of the farm as his work had donated £1,000 pounds towards a local community project and were impressed with all that the farm had to offer. No stranger to structural engineering, Sam had soon rallied a small team together to get stuck in to our latest project. Furthermore, they had also held a 'dress like a farmer for the day' fundraiser and raised over £120 for us!
Wisteria Walk is a long pergola that covers our farm walk pathway that will eventually be covered with Wisteria. Our Adult Learning Disability Programme will include nurturing and pruning the plants, becoming a symbol of longevity as it will be enjoyed by the community for centuries to come (the lifespan of Wisteria is over 100 years).
Thankfully the Autumnal weather was clear and forgiving contributing to the completion of Wisteria Walk in one day. Sam and the gang worked extremely hard and we're all absolutely delighted at how well it has turned out. A massive thank you to Sam Brookes, Pete Smith, Ollie May, Tom Candy, Steph Hands, Balal Ali, Louise Dixon, Charles Dunkley, Sarah Harris and Tom King for making Wisteria Walk happen!
Who we are:
Southampton City 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.