On Saturday 28th October we hosted The Big Challenge – 53 teenagers from The Challenge Network gathered on the farm to volunteer at The Willows Project and Canalside Community Food for the final day of their Challenge. George started the day with some rousing games that rallied everyone together before we embarked on the tasks – painting benches and the tool shed, sawing wood to keep us going during those winter months, creating no-dig flower beds with green compost, harvesting carrots and beetroot and perhaps the hardest job of the day – digging a path ready for disabled access into the pole barn. Everyone worked hard and enthusiastically and the day was a BIG success! Thanks to all our volunteers and everyone from The Challenge Network who joined us.
Click HERE to see photos from the day!
And this is a very kind email we received from the Challenge Network afterwards:
Thank you very much for all your hard work organising the Big Challenge on Saturday. The thought and planning that had gone into the day was evident in the smooth running on the day. The warm up session ran by George was great and got the young people excited and enthusiastic for the day. The pole barn conversion provided a great space for breaks and your tea and biscuit provision was very generous. Rotation of tasks throughout the day, worked really well, giving the young people a chance to see different parts of the farm and spend time with all the volunteers. It was inspiring to see so many of your volunteers happily giving up their Saturday. It was a really successful day; the staff and young people raved about the farm. It is lovely to see how far the project has come along already since our first meeting at the beginning of the year. Congratulations on gaining funding for the winter; I believe the farm has a lot to offer and I hope to volunteer there myself soon.
Becky from the Challenge Network