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On Tuesday 7th June we were lucky to have four lovely ladies from SouthWest Trains come and help build a sensory herb garden at the farm.
Amy Dickinson, the Environment Manager at SouthWest Trains, was able to recycle 12 railway sleepers from the Fratton Traincare Depot to construct the main herb garden beds. Amy and her team kindly donated the rest of the capital required to purchase the necessary horticultural grit and sand and we were able to use compost from the farm as well as herbs grown in the garden.
The team comprised of Amy Dickinson, Zoe Collins, Kate Bancroft and Sandra Hartnett. They spent five hours with Richard Mulholland, the farm's Operations Coordinator, discussing the design and layout of the sensory herb garden and then Richard wasted no time in setting them to work!
This corporate partnership came about after the farm made contact with SouthWest Trains as the train operating company has previously shown that it is passionate about its corporate social responsibility and ensuring that they do their bit for sustaining the environment where possible.
The sensory herb garden is going to be a key feature in the garden and will be used to stimulate all the senses, for example being used in our cookery classes, gardening programme and as part of our Adult Learning Disability Programme.
So from everyone on the farm, thank you to Amy, Zoe, Kate, Sandra and SouthWest Trains for your incredible support.
To read more about what SouthWest trains do to protect the environment, please click here: https://www.southwesttrains.co.uk/about-us/our-commitments/environment/
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.