Space2Grow is the Featured Organisation and a partner of UCA Students’ Union. They are a community garden located on Bishops Meadow behind St. Andrews Church, just 5 minutes away from campus!
They run various gardening, mental health, and community groups for all age ranges.
The project runs on a drop-in basis but there are also courses you can sign up for as well as one-off volunteering opportunities.
Welcome Wednesdays – Drop In
Every Wednesday the acre is open to anyone who wants to find out about the project to see if they would benefit from coming along more regularly.
The activities on offer are very varied and often depend upon the time of year, but can include establishing vegetable beds, planting willow hedges, or tending fruit orchards. It can vary week to week depending on the weather and the season, but it is always fun! No horticultural knowledge is necessary (many of us are self confessed novices). It’s just an opportunity to spend some time in nature on a fulfilling project meeting with others .
Most importantly there is always time to chat over a hot cup of tea and some cake.
Before attending a Wednesday session please email email@example.com so that we are ready to welcome you to the acre, we look forward to seeing you soon!
Gardening Thursdays – Drop In
On Thursdays we have regular drop-in gardening sessions with a wide range of activities for people to get involved with.
These range from cultivating vegetables and flowers, general gardening and maintenance, planning and developing areas of the acre and perhaps most importantly enjoying a well earned hot drink and break! We welcome lots of different ideas and there are plenty of areas to get really engaged with.
Before attending a Thursday session please email firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can be ready to welcome you onto the acre. We look forward to seeing you soon!
We believe that nature has a unique ability to help people to feel more present, connected and content and that creating, conserving and learning about natural habitats together is beneficial to all. We believe that meaningful horticultural and environmental activities have the ability to offer important physical and psychological benefits.
Whichever programme is being attended all of us at space2grow want to ensure everyone feels welcomed, accepted and able to become involved with the development and nurturing of this beautiful space as much as they would like and feel able to do so.
We partner with The Parenting Space who facilitate parenting courses in the ‘Talking Shed’. The Parenting Puzzle Nurturing Programme is a 10-week course which helps parents and carers get the best out of family life. Sessions are informal, fun and a great confidence booster.
The course offers practical, positive ways to guide children so that they can learn to handle both their feelings and their behaviour. It encourages parents to share their parenting experiences and draw on each other’s advice.
We also run the Talking Teens programme. This is a 5 week course which look at developing parents’ understanding of teenage development and the influence of brain development on behaviours, as well as understanding the importance of listening, verbal and non-verbal communication.
The Parenting Space
Visit The Parenting Space Website to find out more or to book a place on the next courses email the team
Men In Sheds – A men’s mental health initiative
Space2Grow is working with Farnham Maltings to support Farnham Men in Sheds. This is an opportunity for anyone with practical and organisational skills to get involved in improving the look and feel of the town by undertaking small community projects from a brand-new custom-made shed in central Farnham. We are looking to build a small group of volunteers who will respond to requests from community groups, schools, the town council and others to undertake make and repair projects.
The group meets every Tuesday, on a drop-in basis.
In 2020 we will be working on the Farnham Mayor’s project, a platform to surround the pond at Space2Grow, and working with Farnham Museum to improve the storage in their shop.
Email email@example.com for more info.